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The second wave of COVID – 19 is raging across India with devastating impact. With more than 3.8 million active cases as of May 7, 2021, there is a dire need for hospital beds, doctors, medical equipment and consumables, and greater awareness around COVID appropriate behaviour in communities.

As most of the blood donors are in the age group between 18 and 40, they cannot donate blood for about three months from two doses of vaccination. This was likely to result in shortage of blood, which may lead to postponing of emergency surgeries. Dr. Shetty requested donors to donate blood to the Blood Bank of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, two days before going for vaccination. ‘‘If there are more than 10 donors, we will arrange vehicle for pick-up and drop,’’ he said.

Donating one unit of blood may save the lives of up to three people, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood donors provide a vital service to the community. Making a difference in the lives of others can boost a donor’s sense of well-being.