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donors.com, and donors for any group will reach you in 30 minutes for free. So says a social service group that has been catering to the needy for seven years.
Concerned about the shortage of blood of rare groups, the group launched the website in March 2000.
"Indianblooddonors.com is an address which can save your life. From Adilabad to Yamuna Nagar, from the most common blood group to the most rare, the site has a huge database of blood donors. So if you need blood, it's a good place to turn to. And it is free," reads the website.
"There is always an acute shortage of blood in most government and private blood banks across the country. Many times, during emergencies and major operations, it becomes difficult for patients and relatives to procure blood," said Nagpur based Khushroo Poacha, who co-founded the website with his wife Fermin.
"From a humble beginning in March 2000, today we have over 45,000 registered donors from across the country. We can get blood donated today to the needy in any part of India in less than 30 minutes," Poacha told IANS.
An Indian Railways computer supervisor, Pocha says any healthy person interested in donating blood can register on the site and provide details like name, age, blood group, residential address and contact number, preferably a mobile phone number.
A needy patient or a relative can access the site and put in a request. An SMS is then sent to the donor located nearest to the hospital where the patient is. The patient or his relative is also informed about the identity of the donor.
As for security and misuse of donated blood, Poacha said specific identification numbers are given to donors.
"Before giving out the donor contact numbers, we also run a few authenticatioPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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