February 10, 2021, 6:17 PM

Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Tuesday, urged Nagpurians to avail the benefits of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s blood bank, which is located in Gandhinagar’s Indira Gandhi Hospital. Also, he said that the blood bank could become a boon for the underprivileged and those who are financially weak.
To review the various schemes under the Healthcare Department of NMC, Tiwari conducted a meeting with NMC officials. Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawde, NMC Standing Committee Chairman Vijya Zalke were also present. Tiwari asked officials to spread the word regarding Gandhinagar Blood Bank and called on to organise mass awareness events throughout the year.
Also, he stressed upon the urgent need to organise blood donation drives and asked officials to involve local communities and NGO’s in the process. Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next on the matter and said, “AYUSH Ministry is running the blood bank since years. NMC has given them the infrastructure and resources to operate but they are not doing their job properly.”
He further stated that the services of blood bank were not reachable to the common man and the efforts made by NMC were of no use. “We at NMC, have made a calendar and given it to the blood bank officials. In this, we have decided a few dates, which mark the birth anniversaries of our leaders. Special occasions like Ambedkar Jayanti, Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti and other regional events having social importance were also added,” said Zalke.
“The blood bank will now conduct blood donation drives on these dates and maintain a constant supply of blood so the common man can take advantage of it,” he added.

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