IMA to organize “Only components” Blood Donation Camps on 1st of every month starting 1st July

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Dear Colleague
First of all, our heartiest compliments for being a part of IMA Dilli Chalo movement, which saw the biggest ever spontaneous congregation of medicos from all corners of India defying all calculations for the purpose of fighting for our legitimate demands.
We also must engage ourselves, in community-friendly projects, which re-enhance our image in the society. Blood donation camps can be one such activity.
Normally National health days are observed once a year. We propose all IMA days to be now monthly days instead of annual events, starting with the Blood Donation Day.
Many IMA branches keep organising blood donation camps. So, why not concentrate all our efforts on the 1st day of every month?
IMA is proposing to mark the ‘1st day of every month’ as “IMA Blood Donation Day”.
We will make it a regular feature starting from the Doctors Day on 1st July this year and pledge to transform India to a “Blood Donation Surplus” country from a “Blood Donation Deficient” country.
All state and local branches can organise blood donation camps across the country. National Aids Control Organization (NACO) and National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) have assured their full support on this venture. Keep the IMA HQs informed about the camps organized.
Some key information
• No camp should be organized for ‘whole blood donation’.
• These blood donation camps should be “Voluntary donation, only for components” to save not just one life, but multiple lives.
• In India, 11 million units are collected; 95% are utilized.
• We are 10% of the world requirement (13 million); we are 2 million short.
• To reduce this shortage, IMA should organize components-only blood donation camps; promote intravenous iron if hemoglobin is more than 7; avoid a single transfusion and if in doubt, do not transfuse.
• The recipients of transfusion should be evaluated similar to the donors.
• As per affordability, tests with the shortest window should be chosen.
• The surplus plasma is given to indigenous plasma fractionators to manufacture albumin and intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG).
• All donor reactions must be reported.
• The government has defined uniform processing charges for processing of blood and blood components, which the recipient will have to pay.
• Even private blood banks can organise blood donation camps.
• People with high risk sexual behavior should not donate blood.
Let us save one lakh lives this 1St July by way of blood components.

Dr KK Aggarwal, National President, Padma Shri Awardee
Dr RN Tandon, Honorary Secretary General
Dr Naresh Chawla, Joint Secretary HQs IMACGP, Donated blood > 125 times

Some Slogans, more are welcome

• Let’s make India ‘Blood Donation Surplus’
• Blood Donation, the most pious Donation
• 1.5 billion, but still blood donation short, Let’s reverse it.
• Your contribution of Blood, can save a life.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA