GUNTUR: Buoyed by the surplus stocks, the Andhra Pradesh government has directed the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) to transfer the blood stored in the (blood) banks to the neighbouring states which were facing acute shortage.
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress (YSRC) party activists across the state donated over 35,000 units of blood on chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s birthday two days ago. This has helped the blood banks in the state in not only meeting the local demand but reach the surplus levels.

Red Cross formally shipped about 500 units of blood to Hyderabad from Guntur branch on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Red Cross state president Dr A Sridhar Reddy said that it was really heartening to see the activists of YSRC coming forward to donate so much blood on the occasion of the chief minister’s birthday.
He claimed that the donation of 35,000 units of blood from the state on a single day was a world record.
“Since we can’t store the blood for more than 35 days in our banks, the government and IRCS have decided to help other states, which are facing severe shortage of blood stocks due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Reddy said.
He said that they would send blood stocks to Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Karnataka branches for the need in those states. He said that they were getting only about 40 lakh units of blood from the donors against the actual requirement of 4 crore units in the country annually.
“The periodical organisation of blood donation camps would help many poor and needy people,” he added.
YSRC general secretary Lella Appireddy said that they had decided to organise blood donation camps in a big way on the chief minister’s birthday following the inputs from the Red Cross Society and the health department about the shortage of blood in all blood banks.
“The blood donation camps were stalled almost eight months ago following the outbreak of the Covid-19. This resulted in severe shortage of blood in the banks,” said Appireddy.

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