At a time when the world is in the grip of a major pandemic, the Indian Red Cross Society (ICRS) has come up with mobile App — ‘eBloodServices’ – that will help people in directly sourcing blood.
Once the request is placed through the app, the requisite units become visible to IRCS, NHQ blood bank in its E-Raktkosh dashboard. This allows assured delivery within the specified time. This feature will make it easy for a blood seeker to obtain blood & shall bring the added advantage of complete transparency and single window access to the service.
Launching the Aap, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan said “this Blood Donation App is a prime example of how the Digital India Scheme is serving the need for accessing blood services”. He pointed out that four units of blood can be requisitioned at a time through this App. The blood bank will wait for as long as 12 hours for the person to collect it. This app makes it easy for those in need to request for Blood units at IRCS NHQ, he added.
The Minister also urged the people to become voluntary blood donors, “Regular blood donation can prevent obesity, cardiac problems and many other ailments. Not just this, blood donation is also a spiritual path by which mankind can be served”, he said.
Appreciating the efforts of IRCS, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “IRCS has been performing a major role during COVID-19 pandemic alongside the Government especially in maintaining adequate blood supply of safe blood by issuing passes to blood donors, organizing blood donation camps.” All 89 IRCS Blood Banks & 1100 branches across the country have collected a staggering more than 1,00,000 units of blood through in house donations & from around 2000 blood donation camps organized during the lockdown period. Also, more than 38,000 voluntary blood donors registered with NHQ Blood Bank have been contacted & motivated to donate blood.
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