BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Amid the nationwide lockdown, almost all the blood banks in the state are running dry. Also, with many blood donation activities cancelled due to the lockdown and social distancing rules, the blood banks in the state are facing severe blood crisis. The situation has created major problems for the patients and hospitals who need blood on a regular basis, especially those suffering from thalassemia.
To increase the availability in blood banks amid the 21-day lockdown, the state and Kolkata Police have started a month-long blood donation camp at Netaji Indoor Stadium till April 30 on Wednesday. The camp has been arranged on behalf of Kolkata Police units and divisions. Kolkata Police officials will donate 50 units of blood daily at this month-long camp.
It was the initiative of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who asked the police authorities to arrange a camp. On the first day of the camp, Mamata was present at Netaji Indoor Stadium to check on the preparation along with Kolkata police commissioner Anuj Sharma. Later, Sharma took to Twitter to share the news.
— CP Kolkata Anuj (@CPKolkata) April 1, 2020
Like Lalbazar, a blood donation camp was also organized by the Barasat District Police in North 24 Parganas to meet the blood crisis. Meanwhile, deputy mayor, Atin Ghosh has also decided that five persons will donate blood every day at Manicktala Blood Bank.
Meanwhile, Mamata on Wednesday said only three people died due to coronavirus in the state and not to believe whatever the other small nursing homes are stating. She also appealed to the people to stay at home.
“First I would like to request to the media not to exaggerate the news of coronavirus death. Don’t broadcast or write news until you get a declaration from the government. So far in the state, three people have died due to coronavirus. Meanwhile, three have recovered as well,” she said.