Housing societies in Kondhwa host blood donation drive to help blood banks recover acute shortage

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Renuka Suryavanshi 
For the past few months, since the spike in Covid19 cases began, the hospital’s supply of blood also fell short. With the stricter guidelines and less blood donation drives, there were very few blood donation drives which were held. But seeing the increasing demand for blood supply, several housing societies took up the task of organising blood donation drives. 

Housing societies as a precautionary measure decided to conduct Covid19 tests for the members as well as the housemaids, servants, drivers, etc. 

Patrick Daniel, a resident of Raheja Vista Phase 3 said, ‘Our society had arranged a blood donation drive in association with Jehangir hospital. The first half of the day was dedicated to the society members while the second half to the members from other societies. So far, we were able to collect 43 bags of blood.’

On April 15, Sainik Vihar society held a testing camp. Speaking to Pune Pulse, Prachi Gosavi, chairman, Sainik Vihar society said, ‘Over 28 people were tested at the screening camp. Only one was tested positive. Also, we are ensuring that all guidelines that are issued are followed completely. Our residents have been extremely cooperative.’ 

Gregory Pillai, secretary, Runwal Daffodils society said, ‘We had arranged Covid screening for the househelp and other support staff in the society. 

A total of people were tested (25 maids and 3 residents), out of which seven were tested positive (5 maids and two residents). As a precautionary measure I think each society should organise and get checked.’ 

Screening camp was also held at Rose Parade society in Kondhwa