We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill
One of the vital ways to save lives is by donating blood. We can save up to an average of three lives by using the components of our blood separately. A simple yet fulfilling deed. In our journey to make a difference and contribute to our society, AGADA organized one of its very first blood donation camps at the Bygamund village in the Nilgiris, in contribution to The Ooty Government Medical College Hospital. We partnered with 'The Naaku Seemai Badugar Ilaingar Sangam' in organizing this camp which made it a delightful success.
A total of 35 locals generously helped us by donating blood during this unprecedented time. Such a brave thing to do in the midst of all this uncertainty. It was indeed a very timely contribution considering the fact that the overall number of blood donations have reduced, with our fight against the corona virus. These donations weren't just negligible contributions but the building blocks of a sturdy medical resource system that every community needs.
Since this was organized on the 22nd of April 2020, AGADA made sure that all health and safety precautions were in place. The medical staff and the donors were equipped with masks and gloves abiding by the social distancing norms. The eligibility of the donors was tested prior to the process of collecting the blood samples.
The need for blood has remained a constant, even during this pandemic. In fact, the requirement has increased as the number of donors have declined due to COVID-19. While we understand that the fear of infection has made people hesitant from donating blood or even visiting a medical facility, you can still contribute by following a few good hygiene practices before and after a donation to curb any ill-effects and develop immunity against the virus.
Wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times.
Wash your hands regularly and sanitize them with a disinfectant as and when required.
Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water. Steaming can clear out any nasal and throat problems/infection.
Drink a cup of herbal tea or 'Kashayam' (an Ayurvedic drink) to flush out toxins and build immunity.
The government has been urging people who have recovered from the corona virus to donate their blood plasma (containing antibodies) which can help affected people in fighting the virus. AGADA humbly requests you to donate as much as you can (keeping your physical well-being in mind, of course) for the benefit of those who need it.
If in any case, you're not able to get in touch with the right person or organization regarding a donation, we'd be more than happy to guide you along. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your query.