Journalist turns lifesaver; develops database on blood donors

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Oct 2017 11:41:27


 

 

 

 


 

By Deepak Tyagi,

City based journalist Shahid Kamil, who, after having faced a couple of significant life altering events, decided to take up this social initiative and created a database platform of voluntary blood donors, including working scribes and other people

We often see messages and posts on social media by people asking for blood in cases of emergency or for various other medical reasons. Many of us donate blood voluntarily at blood donation camps and Government hospitals in the hope that it might help people in need. While this act may definitely be helpful, the impact is not quite the same as we expect it to be.


Such was the experience of city based journalist Shahid Kamil, who, after having faced a couple of significant life altering events, decided to take up this social initiative and created a database platform of voluntary blood donors, including working scribes and other people.


It was around eight months ago that he decided to do whatever he could in his capacity and become a regular blood donor. He donated blood at Government hospitals. He also started to convince others to become regular blood donors. As his network of contacts grew bigger, he shared this database, including member name, blood group and their mobile numbers on WhatsApp groups and social networking site Facebook, that became a community of blood donors to help people in need.


Shahid Kamil, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, “Since its launch, many people from Bhopal as well as different parts of Madhya Pradesh, have come forward, thanking me for this wonderful initiative and admitting to the usefulness of this initiative. In a very short time, around 250 people have themselves willingly registered in the list and are available to help people urgently in need of blood and that too, free of cost, especially in case of people, who cannot afford to buy blood and in emergency cases, when time is crucial for saving a life.”


Kamil added that when a person is in need for blood, he can call on the mobile number of member added in the list and can directly interact. It is also ensured that the privacy of users and the data shared is protected, while enabling donors and recipients to connect easily.