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Web-based portal for blood donation

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 13 � As part of the effort to deal with any shortage during earthquake and other calamities, the Kamrup Metro district administration has set up a web-based Blood Donation Information and Management System under which willing citizens can register themselves as blood donors and come forward to donate blood during the time of emergency.

Talking to reporters here today, Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu said the purpose is to identify and screen blood donors and create a pool which can be tapped into during earthquakes and other natural calamities as well as individual emergencies.

�Guwahati lies in a vulnerable seismic zone. We want to undertake a series of activities with public participation to ensure that the city is able to handle any such eventuality. The Blood Donation Information and Management System is an initiative in this direction. Right now, we have no system at our level to make blood available within a short span of time. The GMCH, MMCH, private hospitals and blood banks face shortage, especially with regard to rare categories of blood. Even otherwise, blood cannot be preserved for a long period,� he said.

Dr Angamuthu added, �Our intention is to have a directory of volunteer blood donors so that we can get in touch with those individuals. The portal will also help us in getting the daily status of blood stock at different institutions. During normal times, the portal will help them in sharing the information on the availability of blood. This will be a continuous programme.�

Volunteers can log on to www.kamrupmetroonline.in and get themselves registered in the Blood Donation Information and Management System.

A toll free number will also be soon introduced so that any person requiring blood can contact the system. The lists of blood storage units and of donors will be in public domain.

As part of the effort, the administration is going to arrange awareness programmes about blood donation across the city in coordination with NGOs and hospitals.

Another campaign, �Know Your Blood Group� will also be launched. �Area-wise camps will be held where people can go and have their blood groups identified on spot. Educational institutions will be the main focus area of the campaign,� Dr Angamuthu said.

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Web-based portal for blood donation

GUWAHATI, May 13 � As part of the effort to deal with any shortage during earthquake and other calamities, the Kamrup Metro district administration has set up a web-based Blood Donation Information and Management System under which willing citizens can register themselves as blood donors and come forward to donate blood during the time of emergency.

Talking to reporters here today, Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu said the purpose is to identify and screen blood donors and create a pool which can be tapped into during earthquakes and other natural calamities as well as individual emergencies.

�Guwahati lies in a vulnerable seismic zone. We want to undertake a series of activities with public participation to ensure that the city is able to handle any such eventuality. The Blood Donation Information and Management System is an initiative in this direction. Right now, we have no system at our level to make blood available within a short span of time. The GMCH, MMCH, private hospitals and blood banks face shortage, especially with regard to rare categories of blood. Even otherwise, blood cannot be preserved for a long period,� he said.

Dr Angamuthu added, �Our intention is to have a directory of volunteer blood donors so that we can get in touch with those individuals. The portal will also help us in getting the daily status of blood stock at different institutions. During normal times, the portal will help them in sharing the information on the availability of blood. This will be a continuous programme.�

Volunteers can log on to www.kamrupmetroonline.in and get themselves registered in the Blood Donation Information and Management System.

A toll free number will also be soon introduced so that any person requiring blood can contact the system. The lists of blood storage units and of donors will be in public domain.

As part of the effort, the administration is going to arrange awareness programmes about blood donation across the city in coordination with NGOs and hospitals.

Another campaign, �Know Your Blood Group� will also be launched. �Area-wise camps will be held where people can go and have their blood groups identified on spot. Educational institutions will be the main focus area of the campaign,� Dr Angamuthu said.

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