Mega blood donation drive held by Southern Command

In line with the ongoing series of events in the Southern part of the country in a run up to the Army Day events, Army formations/units deployed in various parts of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh undertook a massive blood donation drive on 24 December 2022.

This humanitarian drive by Indian Army was undertaken in coordination with prominent civil hospitals and social organisations to ensure that the donated blood units reach the needy patients in time. Organized 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 15 Jan 23.

7,500 units of blood was organised through voluntary donations and a data bank of 75,000 volunteers was compiled for blood donations in an emergency. The blood donation campaign saw an overwhelming response from Army personnel & their dependents, Civil Defence Employees, NCC cadets, College Students, Army Public School teachers and volunteers from all walks of life. These camps were organised in all major cities as well as remote areas across ten states in Southern Command area of responsibility.

Blood donation in Pune

In Pune, the blood donation campaign was undertaken at four locations to include Command Hospital Pune, Army Institute of Cardio Thoracic Sciences (AICTS), Military Hospital Kirkee and Military Hospital Khadakwasla where approximately 700 units of blood was collected. The campaign at Pune was inaugurated by Lt Gen Manjit Kumar, Chief of Staff HQ Southern Command.

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