Thanks to awareness programmes on platelet donation, students from many city colleges have registered themselves as donors with the Tata Memorial Hospital.
Around 60 students volunteered to donate their blood sample at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, after they were introduced to the concept through seminars held by non-governmental organisations on campus.
Of these, around 35 were found fit to be platelet donors and were called for donation to the Tata Memorial Hospital.
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“I came to know about the importance of platelet donation through a seminar held at college during our techfest Vortex,” said Kaustubh Sawant, a third-year student of ICT and a platelet donor.
“We hold a seminar on college campuses, where doctors talk to students directly and tell them about platelet donation in simple words,” said Taruna Talari from the Impact Foundation, which works under the Tata Hospital.
They have held seminars and found volunteers at Gurunanak Khalsa College, Ruia College, Poddar College and Rizvi College.
More than 100 students from Khalsa College registered for platelet donation after an awareness session.
“After registering, students donated their platelet and have been available for donation every time there is a need. Especially during the dengue epidemic in the city, many students went ahead and donated blood,” said Surekha Gupta, NSS Coordinator of Khalsa College, Matunga.
Platelets are responsible for the clotting of blood and are necessary for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
“There is a huge demand for platelets among cancer patients, but there aren’t many donors,” said Mehul Doshi, a platelet donor and speaker at the workshops in colleges.
He said while speaking at colleges, he urges students to not just volunteer for donation, but also create awareness among family and friends.
“After attending the session, I realised that the need for platelet donors was huge. So I also spread the word among my family and neighbours,” said Sawant.