In a first such initiative at the kisan mela (farmers’ fair) of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), 213 persons registered as international bone marrow donors at a stall set up by ‘Match for Marrow’- a registry working for the cause in northern region.
The bone marrow donors can donate their stem cells for patients of blood cancer, thalassemia and other diseases that require bone marrow transplant. Speaking to The Indian Express, Jasleen Garcha, CEO, Match For Marrow said it was for the first time that they had put up a stall at kisan mela of PAU.
“There were various queries that we have received. People are mostly worried about their health and ask if there will be any side-effects. Still, we registered 213 persons in just two days. This is an amazing response,” she said.
The registry collected the cheek swab samples of the donors who have registered. The samples would be tested before they are certified as international donors.
“The cheek swab samples will be tested and, if cleared at all levels, they will be stored in our database. Whenever we get a request from a patient, database will be checked for a matching donor,” said Garcha.