NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know India 15 News India Times November 24, 2017 By StaffWriter he Life Blood Centre in Rajkot, Gujarat, India, has been home to the Saurashtra Medical & Educational Charitable Trust, which has been saving hundreds and thousands of lives by providing safe and good quality blood. The centre is 15,000 square feet and has state-of-the-art infrastructure. It is equipped with modern equipment to make sure they provide the safest and best quality blood round the clock. With a dedicated and qualified staff, the Life Blood Centre is recognized by the National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Health Care, one of the highest accred- itation in the country, and also has an ISO 900, a 2008 certified organization. Life Blood Centre was established in 1981 in Rajkot and back then was known as the Rajkot Voluntary Blood Bank and Research Centre. While providing safe and good quality blood for the past 36 years, the Life Blood Centre has successful- ly saved more than 200,000 people, dis- tributing more than 588,000 units of blood to patients in need of it. The centre has emerged as a symbol of trust and goodwill in blood banking not only in Gujarat but also in India and is known as one of the best blood banks in the country, strictly adhering to the national and international guidelines. Life Blood Centre is the first blood bank in all of India to have an X-Ray Blood Irradiator, which reduces the risk of fatal transfusion of TA – Graft versus Host Disease (TA-GvHD) and introduce the Individual Donor Nucleic Acid Testing (ID- NAT) in Gujarat, which significantly reduces the window period, making blood transfusion risk free of trans- fusion transmitted infection like HIV, HCV and HBV; the blood analysis is done with ChLIA technology and the Advance Red Cell Technology and Antigen Phenotyping. Over 1,250 million people reside in India out of which less than 0.1 percent donates blood and a large number of patients have lost their lives due to unavailability of blood. In India, 12 million blood units are required to meet the demand, but only 7.5 million blood units are available. Looking at the sta- tistics of theWorld Health Organization, for every 1,000 people, only 8 people are donating blood, resulting in scarcity of 4.5 million units every year, claiming hun- dreds of patients' lives. It is general doubt and belief amongst the people of India that if blood is donated, one feels physical weakness, which can reduce immunity to protect against infec- tion and disease. Not only that, but it will take months to regenerate the blood short- age in the body. On the contrary, the fact is that blood donation will never result in any negative effect, but it will accelerate the process of new blood cells in body. As per medical science, anyone who is between 18-and-60-years-old, weighs more than 45 kilos and has never suffered from any fatal disease like HIV or Hepatitis B-C, can safely donate 350 milliliters of blood at a time, which can be recovered in the body within 24 hours of blood dona- tion. Regular blood donations will help con- trol weight along with all updated medical tests. The activities of the Life Blood Centre have impressed many great personalities like Mother Teressa, Rajiv Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, Sonia Gandhi, Morari Bapu, Pramukh Swami Mahraj, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Lata Mangeshkar and many more from various walks of life, across the nation. Achievements of Project ‘Life’ include: Distribution of more than 561,172 Blood units Distribution of 251,165 trees grown above six to eight feet Conducted Thalassaemia Tests for over 634,409 people Conducted 37 educational seminars Distributed over 7,328 scholarships to students Granted scholarships to 9,249 families for needy girl students Developed the infrastructure of 73 pri- mary schools and five primary health cen- ters More than 559,749 people have benefit- ted from doing Yoga and Pranayam and attending the Healthy Life Club along with Universal Healing Trained more than 7,000 women and widows, living below the poverty line, in sewing, embroidery, catering, computer operation and running a beauty parlor Serves as an information hub for the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and Non- Resident Gujaratis (NRG) Life Blood Centre Of Rajkot: Saving Lives For 36 Years T SelloRama specializes in Point of Sale Systems, we are one of the leading POS provider. 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