GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - In a bid to encourage blood donation, Touch of Humanity, a Guwahati-based NGO, has decided to offer free rides to the donors in the city.
Hirakjyoti Bora, founder president of Touch of Humanity, said: �The members of our NGO, as part of our initiative, will pick up the donors from their respective locations and drop them to the donation destinations and vice versa.�
The noble initiative undertaken by the NGO is the first of its kind in Assam.
�There is a shortage of blood donors in the State and to meet the growing demand and bridge the gap between demand and supply, we have decided to encourage people towards blood donation,� Bora said.
�Our main objective is to facilitate and connect the donor to the patients in need of blood, especially at government hospitals without taking a penny from the patient or anyone for that matter. We are offering the service for the sake of humanity,� he added.
�The requirement for blood in Guwahati is around 8,000 units every month. We collect around 7,000 units. About 10 per cent gap remains between demand and supply. We need to motivate our young generation to donate blood at least once a year. This demand is estimated to increase by ten per cent every year with more hospitals coming up,� said a source from a blood bank here.