Hyderabad, India (PressExposure) January 26, 2009 -- NTR Memorial Trust calls upon general public to use its blood bank services. The Trust has started a blood bank at Hyderabad with the mission to provide safe blood and its components for the poor of Twin Cities and surrounding districts.
The blood bank provides free blood to thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia and haemophilia patients apart from providing free blood to government hospitals and poor patients who hold white ration cards.
The blood bank also provides blood to other people at a nominal rate of Rs 350/- per unit. Rebutting allegations from some quarters, Mr P Raghu Rama Rao, CEO, NTR Memorial Trust, says, "Our charges are less than those of any other blood bank, including the Red Cross blood bank in Andhra Pradesh."
National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has issued guidelines to all the blood banks in the country to limit the processing/ handling charges towards collection, screening, cross matching and storage of the blood to Rs 850 per unit for whole blood. The charges of NTR Memorial Trust Blood Bank are only a fraction of the ceiling fixed by the NACO.
"The blood bank is not making any monetary gain from its services. It is started with the bona fide intention of serving the poor public and the blood bank is spending more money than it is receiving from blood issues. The deficit is being met from the donations the Trust receiving from generous philanthropists," Says Mr Raghu Rama Rao.
NTR Memorial Trust, which is known for its pioneering social work in areas like entrepreneurship, blood bank, primary healthcare, women and child welfare, thanks those who have contributed to the setting up and running its blood bank successfully.