INDIA. Mumbai: In line with the ongoing series of events in the run-up to the Army Day in the ensuing January, blood donation camps were organised in all major cities as well as remote areas across ten states in the Southern Command area by the Indian Army on Saturday, December 24.
The blood donation camps were organised by Army formations and units deployed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.
In Mumbai, the blood donation camp organized at INHS Asvini, the Indian Navy Hospital located in South Mumbai, was inaugurated by Major General Rakesh Manocha, Chief of Staff Headquarters, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area.
In the campaign implemented in consonance with ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (75 years of Independence), over 750 units of blood were collected at various hospitals across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa, and a data bank of 75,000 volunteers was compiled for blood donations in an emergency.
These camps were organized in tune with the various diverse activities being undertaken for Nation building, an official statement read.
The blood donation campaign saw an overwhelming response from Army personnel and their dependents, Civil Defence Employees, NCC cadets, College Students, Army Public School teachers, and volunteers from all walks of life.
This humanitarian drive by the Indian Army was undertaken in coordination with prominent civil hospitals and social organizations to ensure that the donated blood units reach needy patients in time.
Organised under the theme of “Donate Blood – Save Lives,” these blood donation camps were conducted by Southern Command in the run-up to the forthcoming 75th Army Day on January 15, 2023.