Union Health Ministry launched a newly formed application named “blood services”, in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society.
The application will work to provide easy access to blood to the patients in need.
Initially, the services will commence in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The application will allow users to order up to 4 units at one time.
Dr. Harshvardhan, Union Health Minister, on Thursday, launched the app. It would prove beneficial for the patients who need a blood transfusion.
This is like posting a plea for blood right at your doorstep. I obtained various complaints over the past few months from people on lack of availability to safe blood, particularly from those people who need routine blood donation owing to their continual blood disorders. It will be beneficially in these corona times when commuting has become a trouble, and those who want blood may not be able to go from one blood bank to another, Vardhan told.
This app shall bring clarity in the blood donation program and diminish the concerns of those in alarming need of blood. Our blood donors should come forward in large amounts as their contribution is required more than ever now, he added further.
Through this application of blood will be noticeable right on your phone. Once an order has been spotted then the blood bank will keep the petition active for 12 hours. The order will fluctuate to the next client only after the recent recipient fails to receive it within 12 hours, asserted RK Jain, secretary-general, Indian Red Cross Society.
The app’s extent will be broadened, with plans of associating more blood banks to it and also in other towns. This is a valuable app and there are plans of improving its reach, Vardhan said.
Jain said that preliminary few weeks could be challenging for the proper working of the app. We are believing to face hurdles originally for at least 15 days to about a month as we do not know the exact need of blood in the region as of now. It will take some time before we know how much blood is desired and act consequently, said Jain.
The Red Cross blood bank had initiated conducting blood subsidy camps by sending portable blood collection units to various regions.
There, he asserted, the IRCS has been playing a crucial role during COVID-19 pandemic alongside the government, primarily in maintaining a sufficient supply of safe blood by publishing passes to donors and organizing donation camps, according to a health ministry declaration. All 89 IRCS blood banks and 1,100 branches across the country have compiled more than 1,00,000 units of blood through in-house subsidies and from around 2,000 donation camps overseen during the lockdown period.
Also, more than 38,000 blood contributors registered with NHQ Blood Bank have been reached and encouraged to donate blood. The NHQ Blood Bank administered 55 blood donation camps assembling 2,896 units of blood. The IRCS has served more than 3,00,00,000 cooked meals and provided supply to more than 11,00,000 households.