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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan encourages people to donate blood

Written by Shraddha Rupavate |Updated : October 2, 2014 11:35 PM IST

Dr Harsh VardhanUnion Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday announced the government's initiative, a nationwide social movement, to encourage people to donate blood, on the occasion of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.

The movement is aimed at bridging the gap between the demand and supply of blood. While addressing more than 2,000 school children and other volunteers he said, 'We have a shortfall of 2-3 million units per year in India. Through more voluntarism we can easily make up the deficit. Till date, 84 percent of the requirement of safe blood has been fulfilled. We must take it to 100 percent soon.'

Highlighting the benefits of blood donation he said, 'By donating a unit of blood a year a person can get more blessings than by going to a place of worship'. He also highlighted that donating blood does not cause deterioration of heath and in fact helps improve one's health condition. It secures a person from heart attacks and cancer. It is a good way of burning calories and gives the supreme satisfaction of saving lives, he added.

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The minister also flagged a rally with the theme: 'Run for the Little Red Dot Power' at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to create awareness about blood donation. The rally comprised volunteers from different educational institutions, NSS volunteers, regular repeat voluntary blood donors, voluntary blood organisations and blood bank officers promoting the cause of voluntary blood donation.

With inputs from IANS

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