With Maharashtra facing a paucity of blood in blood banks due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, SIO South Maharashtra carried out blood donation drives across the state.
The drive was started following an appeal by the state officials to donate blood. A large number of people, especially from Muslim community have turned out at multiple donation camps set-up in Mumbai, Latur, Jalna, Solapur, Parli, etc. Around 500 units of blood have been collected from 10 camps.
One of these camps was set up in a mosque at Beed town, which has been ravaged by the pandemic. Several social organisations, including SIO, came together to run a blood donation drive in the premises of Takiya Masjid in the town of Beed. As many as 143 units of blood was collected on a single day.
“Ramadan is here and it’s a time of the year when Muslims across the globe get into a spiritual mode, work on self purification and assist the needy through Zakat. As the city and the state is facing a paucity of blood in blood banks this year due to pandemic, we thought we would also help mankind by donating blood,” said Khizer Shaikh, a member of SIO and volunteer at the camp.