Red Cross Wants More Young Blood


The Karnataka unit of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) is planning to draw 60,000 more young volunteers, especially from colleges, to promote blood donation and social service. Monday was World Red Cross Day. “But we are not just interested in quantity. Our aim is to provide quality service. It is not that we have no volunteers but we need more dedicated volunteers,’’ said Dr Suresh B Kulkarni, chairman of IRCS state unit. If all goes well, IRCS will have a dedicated team at district and taluk levels to attend work related to disaster management. “Each team will have 15 volunteers. We have already completed a two-day training camp for volunteers in Haveri, Udupi, Chitradurga and Belgaum. We are planning similar camps in Kolar and Mandya shortly. The team will help the district and taluk administration during natural disasters and calamities. The programme is being sponsored by the government,’’ said Dr Kulkarni. The state unit of IRCS has been involved in services related to blood transfusion, health care, disaster preparedness and disaster response, aid and appliances to differently-abled persons, first aid training, and TB control project. The blood bank situated on Race Course Road, maintained by the IRCS, has been supplying packed red blood cells to Bidar, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Koppal, Raichur, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Bellary, Davangere, Chitradurga, Kolar and Chamarajanagar under Rakthavahini scheme of National Rural Health Mission. To ensure quick supply of blood to distant places, IRCS is planning to open blood banks in Bangalore Rural, Chikmagalur, Koppal and Yadgir district headquarters. Source-