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News : Red Cross to Launch 24-7 Blood Bank Helpline in Mangaluru on June 14
Mangaluru, India, June 10, 2016 -- The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Dakshina Kannada Blood Bank located in Lady Goschen Hospital premises in the city will be launching a 'Blood Bank Helpline' on the occasion of World Blood Donors Day on June 14.
The helpline (0824-2424788) will be manned 24x7 and will provide information to the public on availability of blood in Red Cross Blood Bank and other Blood Banks in Dakshina Kannada District. The Helpline will also direct the public to the nearest Blood Bank where the particular Blood Group is available. In case the particular Blood group is not available, Red Cross staff will make every effort to locate that blood group by contacting voluntary donors although no guarantee will be given that the particular blood group will be found. The staff will also provide information on blood safety and the benefits of blood donation, said Sushil Jathanna, chairman, IRCS Blood Bank Committee.
The Red Cross Blood Bank has modern equipment and well trained staff to handle all enquiries related to blood donation and blood transfusion from the public, he said adding that the telephone number will become operational from June 14.
The Red Cross Blood Bank will also be honouring five individuals, who have donated highest units of blood, for their selfless act in saving other people's lives. In addition, The Red Cross Blood Bank will also be felicitating all those people who have helped in organising blood camps. Ronald Fernandes, former Chairman of the IRCS Blood Bank Committee will also be felicitated on the occasion.
The Red Cross Blood Bank will also be organising a blood donation camp between 9am and 12.30pm at its premises, said Shantharam Shetty, chairman, IRCS.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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