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From September 17 to October 1, the Union Health Ministry will launch a massive blood donation campaign called “Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav”.

The goal of the mega drive is to donate 1.5 lakh units of blood on September 17, breaking the previous record for the most blood donations in a single day, according to an official source. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday falls on September 17.

The amount of blood that can now be stored in India is around 1.5 lakh units. Blood will not be collected but participants will still receive certificates if the number of participants is too high. As part of the “Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav” initiative, registrations for voluntary blood donation have already started, on the Aarogya Setu portal. This initiative urges individuals to donate blood and support the Prime Minister’s vision for humanity.

The campaign is launched to raise awareness of the importance of routine unpaid blood donations and to ensure that everyone has access to and can afford blood and its components, according to an official. Right now, there is a massive imbalance between blood supply and demand. According to 2021 statistics, there were 1.46 units in demand for every 1.25 crore in supply. Blood banks or other organizations organizing the collection will have access to Aarogya Setu app user data through the e-RaktKosh online platform, according to the source.

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