GUNTUR: Andhra Pradesh governor Biswa Bhushan Harichandan has asked the Red Cross units in the state to emulate Guntur branch in serving the needy people. He said that Guntur unit of the Red Cross is always ahead of others in extending helping hand to the people. Governor inaugurated modernized blood bank at Red Cross building via virtual mode on Wednesday.
Addressing the Red Cross leaders and volunteers, governor said that he was extremely happy that Guntur unit has been adding one facility after another to provide better services to the poor. He said that setting up separate blood components units in the blood bank with advanced facilities is a big achievement. He said that Guntur Red Cross volunteers have extended invaluable services to the poor, sick and migrant labourers during the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. He said that the presence of Red Cross volunteers even in the containment zones had helped several thousands of needy people in getting their ration, medicines and food on time.
The Governor said the Red Cross volunteers organized several blood donation camps on a regular basis and provided 4,294 units of blood to 813 Thalassemia children which is a remarkable achievement. He also made a mention of the record number of 9,287 units of blood collected through 99 blood donation camps organized across the state recently in connection with the birthday celebrations of chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Governor said blood donation is a noble cause and every blood donor is a life saver and a hero to someone, somewhere, who received the gracious gift of life. He said that it is a most precious resource possessed by humans and gives the ability to save a life when someone in need.
Red Cross AP unit chairman Dr A Sridhar Reddy said that the Guntur branch had also collected the highest blood units donated by the volunteers on the birthday of chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. He said that the Guntur team had become a role model for others in the state. Red Cross general secretary and former IAS AK Parida said that they were planning to expand the services of Red cross in all the districts. Rotary international president (elect) Sekhar Mehta said that they were planning to forge an alliance with the Red Cross to take up more programmes related to blood donation camps across the country. He said that they were fortunate to be part of modernization of Guntur red cross blood bank. Red Cross district chairman Vadlamani Ravi said that they have set up the new unit with advanced technology. Red cross mission director Penmatsa Ramachandra Raju said that blood units would be available for the commoners and needy people at Red cross 24×7. He appealed to youth to create awareness about the blood donation in the colleges and universities and organize camps to collect the blood. Rotary club governor Hanumanth Reddy, Venugopal, Ravi Srinivas and SVS Lakshminarayana were present.

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