Kolkata, July 10: For every woman, her wedding day is her "dream day". Of late, we are witnessing how couples try their best to make their D-day special. One engineer from West Bengal, who recently got hitched to another engineer, made her big day really special by hosting a blood donation camp before exchanging wedding vows.
While agreeing to get married to Arpan Hazra, Soumita Mondal from Nadia's Tehatta told her parents to organise a blood donation camp on the sidelines of her wedding venue.
Her supportive parents simply could not disagree to their daughter's noble wish. Along with the bride's father, at least 30 people donated their blood on Soumita's wedding. Paramedics came with required equipment to turn the wedding venue into a blood donation camp too.
Speaking to The Times of India, Soumita told, "My only condition was to arrange a blood donation camp. I told my parents not to give me any gold ornaments. I want to serve the society, especially now when there is a blood crisis. I wanted to do my bit."
Soumita is right; there is a blood shortage in India. Although donating blood is a humanitarian cause, myths, taboos and lack of knowledge stop people from saving lives.
According to reports, efforts by the government and various organisations have helped to reduce the demand and supply gap of blood in the last few years. The number of voluntary blood donors increased from 54.4 per cent in 2006-2007 to 83.1 per cent in 2011-2012, with the number of blood units increasing from 4.4 million units in 2006-2007 to 9.3 million units in 2012-2013, said a report.
The ministry of health and family welfare reported a donation of 10.9 million units against a requirement of 12 million units in 2016.
Now, like Soumita you too do your bit and donate blood or motivate others to do so to save lives the best possible way.