Hyderabad: Lions Club of Twin Cities, Secunderabad, and Helping Hand Foundation (HHF) on Saturday donated a blood component separation equipment worth Rs 40 lakh to State-run MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Red Hills.
In a statement, the Lions Club and HHF officials said that they will ensure supply of blood units to the hospital and also take the responsibility of maintaining the equipment for three years that will facilitate smooth running of the equipment.
The blood components including platelets, frozen plasma and packed cells are required during the course of treatment for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
The average cost of procuring blood components per patient works out to about Rs 30,000 during the course of treatment and now this cost can be potentially saved, according to the medical officer in charge of the blood bank at MNJ Cancer Hospital.
International director of Lions Club International, Vijay Kumar Raju, and founder trustee of HHF, Mujtaba Hasan Askari, were instrumental in raising funds and procuring the blood component machine for MNJ Cancer Hospital.