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Blood Banks in Maharashtra are drying up


Blood Banks in Maharashtra are drying up
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Maharashtra like the rest of the country is in a 21-day lockdown in order to curtail coronavirus from spreading any further. In India, the total tally has already has crossed 900 and Maharashtra is one of the worst impacted states with 181 people testing positive so far. 

While the state is trying to cope with the pandemic, the blood banks in the state are running dry. Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Friday shared that the current supply in the banks will last only a week. He even urged people to donate blood. He mentioned that blood is not only required to treat people that are suffering from Coronovirus but also in case of other illness. 

Rajesh Tope went on to add, "Blood is something that has no alternative. We can't do without it. Blood has a shelf life of 35 days," he said. Therefore, police and the administration must ensure that blood donation camps are held, the minister said. "But they should also keep social distancing in mind," he said.

One has to see how these camps can be designed keeping social distancing in mind. Even Aadtiya Thackeray took to his Twitter to encourage the citizens to donate blood. He also shared the number on which people can call and someone would come at their doorstep to collect blood. 

The Siddhi Vinayak Temple too had organised a blood donation camp on the occasion of Gudi Padwa. They are also managing the doorstep blood donation drive that has been mentioned by Aadtiya Thackeray. 


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