Concessional blood platelets service for the poor by Rotary

Rotary Club Chandigarh gifts 200 apheresis kits for use of economically challenged

Chandigarh :   Rotary Club of Chandigarh 200 single-user apheresis kits to the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre in Sector 37, here today.

Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo handed over the kits used for extracting platelets from blood, to the Chairman of the Centre, Arun  Nehru.

These 200 kits costing about Rs.16.6 lakh have been made possible through the efforts of Rtn. PJ Singh, managing director of the IPF Vikram India Pvt Ltd, which contributed the amount through its CSR funds.

With the availability of the kits, the economically challenged can obtain the platelets at 50 percent of the cost, informed Club President Anil Chadda. 

The blood centre was established with the joint collaboration of Rotary Club Chandigarh and the Blood Bank Society, which has become today a centre of excellence, meeting the growing demand of blood and its units to the hospitals and nursing homes in the tricity.

The Apheresis facility for providing much-in-demand platelets to the critical patients was added at the Centre on 1st October last year.

Rotaractors from  various Rotaract Clubs also donated blood on this occasion.  On this occasion the 89th birthday of former world president of Rotary International Rajendra K. Saboo was also celebrated who had been instrumental in launching numerous humanitarian projects including the establishment of the blood centre, Rotary House, free heart surgeries for the poor children, and also international medical missions which also comleted 25 years of its commencement