The Rotary Club of Pune Pride literally provided a life line to the medical facilities at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. By donating a state of the art Blood Bank, the hospital now has equipment to collect and process 30,000 bags of blood every day into components, thus benefitting several patients from a single donation. It has a modern system to test blood as well as track the components. Spread over 5,500 square feet, it is the largest and most advanced facility in Pune set up in a short period of 6 months.
This Global Grant Project was executed with a major participation from The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Sunrise, South Korea. While utilizing the existing equipment, new equipment, estimated to cost Rs. 6 million ($ 100,000) was installed to take the capacity to process 30,000 bags of blood every year.
More than 25,000 patients are benefitted annually. This project also provided the hospital with a modern mobile facility for collection of blood during donation camps over long distance. This facility was set up under Rotary’s focus area of ‘Disease Prevention & Treatment’.
A certain proportion of collected and processed blood is made available as charity to patients from economically weaker sections of society at a subsidised cost. It was inaugurated by Padmashree Dr. Prakash Amte on 4th December 2105 at a function presided over by Rotary International’s Past President Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee.