NDP and NGO hold a one-day blood stem donor camp in city
Raghu Rajagopal, head of Datri, said that every year, thousands of people including kids are diagnosed with thalassaemia and others life threating blood disorders
Pune: A day long camp witnessed 6,354 unrelated blood stem cell donor registrations on Sunday. This mass registration camp, which was a joint initiative of Dr Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan (NDP) and an NGO Datri, aimed at facilitating finding matches and saving lives of many patients suffering from fatal blood disorders.
Raghu Rajagopal, head of Datri, said that every year, thousands of people including kids are diagnosed with thalassaemia and others life threating blood disorders.
“For many of them, a blood stem cell transplant or a bone marrow transplant is the only hope. India faces an ongoing challenge of insufficient blood stem cell donors to meet the requirement of these patients. This drive will bring a ray of hope for many who are waiting to find a match and get a chance to have a longer, meaningful life,” said Rajagopal.
The camp was also addressed by Appasaheb Dharmadhikari who appealed to the gathering to register with Datri to get an opportunity to gift life.
Also presents at the event was Dr Sameer Melinkeri of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre who pointed out that a large number of patients suffering from fatal blood disorders such as blood cancer and thalassaemia major among others and the last resort for them is blood stem cell transplant.