The current COVID-19 pandemic situation has dried up the blood banks across the city. Officials at the Blood Bank claimed that they have only about 80 bottles of blood left in the stock. Experts say that the demand has outgrown the donations. Every day, more and more people seek blood than those willing to donate leading to heavy demand in Blood Banks. Members of Sabeel e A’ale Abu Talib and the Haidery Jama Masjid Trust (HJMT) took an initiative. They coordinated with several local bodies and organized a Blood Donation Camp under #HusainForAll banner at Mira Road.
#HusainForAll Blood Donation Camp
Besides Sabeel E A’ale Abu Talib and HJMT, Anfaal Foundation (NGO) in collaboration with Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation’s (MBMC) Rajiv Gandhi Blood Bank, Mira Road organized #HusainForAll Blood Donation Camp in the masjid premises on Sunday. The camp started at around 11 am and ends at 5 pm. There was a steady stream of donors visiting the camp throughout the day.
Sajid Naqvi, President of HJMT Managing Committee has inaugurated the camp. In his message, Naqvi said “Imam Hussain’s sacrifice for mankind has made him a much-revered figure not in the Islamic world but for all faiths. Imam Hussain is being admired and respected by people from all walks of life.”
He quoted Mahatma Gandhi who had said, “I learnt from Imam Hussain, how to achieve victory while being oppressed. And the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of swords but the supreme sacrifice of Imam Hussain (a.s).”
The donors received a certificate of recognition from Anfaal Foundation and a memento from the volunteers of Sabeel e A’ale Abu Talib (a.s.), a local organization focused on spreading the mission of Imam Husain. A donor’s card distributed where one unit of blood is available free from MBMC Blood Bank.
About 70 people donated 450 ml of blood each in the camp. The medical team has rejected an equal number of people due to the health issues like low haemoglobin, high blood pressure, diabetes etc. Women participants were seen as more enthusiastic to donate the blood. A special arrangement was made for them.
Anfaal Foundation organizes #HusainForAll Blood Donation Camps in several premises on regular basis in a year. The foundation has been extremely active in organizing several such camps in the past too. They providing aid to the community in different forms, especially during the current pandemic. Significantly, the organisation has distributed 14000 ration kits in MMR in three phases. Anfaal Foundation also provided Emergency free oxygen cylinders to the needy COVID-19 patients. They also give free medical advice, medical aid to financially weak, career guidance and merit-based scholarship throughout the year.
“The active participation of the youth from Anjuman e Haidery, Anjuman e Zainul Abideen (a.s.), Nehzat Youth Camp and Mission of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) created awareness amongst their groups to support us in this noble cause. Volunteers from Baqiyatullah Scouts made sure that donors should follow the lockdown guidelines like social distancing and mask on face,” said Anwar Naqvi, one of the volunteers of Sabeel e A’ale Abu Talib.