Army creates 1370 units of blood for hospitals

Shopian:  In a drive to recreate the blood reserves in various hospitals of  Kashmir post floods, Army concluded sixth consecutive blood  donation camp, taking the overall quantity of blood donated so far since floods to over 1370 units. 

Last blood donation camp as part of this initiative was organized  at Batpora Stadium, Shopian in South Kashmir today under the leadership of Major General S.T Upasani, the General Officer Commanding, Victor Force. 

The aim of the series of blood donation camps was to enhance the blood holdings of the local hospitals before the onset of winters. This will help the patients requiring blood transfusion and ease the problem of hospitals battling blood shortage for undertaking life saving surgeries. 

Alongside the blood donation camp, a Medical Camp was also organised to help the people to avail quality health care facilities in their area.

According to Army ,both the camps were  inaugurated by Maj  Gen Upasani. These camps were organized in a collaborative manner with active participation of local youth and civil administration. Blood donours, doctors and para-medics came from the Army as well as Civil fraternity.

During the Camp organised today, approximately 120 soldiers and youth donated the blood. In the previous five  blood donation camps which were conducted at 92 Base Hosptial , JAKLI Centre, Anantnag High Ground and ADS Baramula, approx 1250 units of blood had been donated to the local Hospitals to meet their surgical requirements.  

A number of Hospitals had approached Army to contribute to the ever growing requirement of blood for undertaking various types of life saving surgeries.

Besides the blood donation camp, medical camp was also organized in which medical specialists relating to most prevalent health problems in the area were made available. Free medical advice and medicines were provided to over 150 persons including 95 Males, 23 Females and 35 Children. 

On behalf of civil administration, the blood donation cum medical camp was attended by Mr Bashir Ahd Bhatt , DC Shopian , Mr Abdul Wahid Shah, SSP Shopian and Mr Prahlad Singh , CMO Shopian. Maj Gen Upasani, while addressing the gathering re-assured the people that Army will continue its initiatives of health care and 'Winter Imdad' through the ongoing winters. He also assured the civil adminstration that Army will always remain a partner in all their initiatives for the good of the people. 

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