Physicians hold blood donation drive in Middletown Temple, Connecticut

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Organizers of the April 30, 2022 Blood Donation Drive held at the Middletown Hindu Temple in Connecticut. Photo: courtesy CAPI/AAPI

The Connecticut Chapter of The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (CAPI) in partnership with the local American Red Cross, and the national American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) held a Blood Donation Drive at the Middletown Hindu Temple on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

This was the second blood donation drive organized by CAPI in the past few months, led by Dr. Sushil Gupta, president of CAPI.

The initiative has been inspired by the call by Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, president of national AAPI, who is leading AAPI in its efforts to host Blood Donation Drive in as many as 75 cities across the United States, to commemorate India’s 75 years of Independence, a press release from the organization said.

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“In line with the national AAPI’s motto, we at CAPI are happy to join in several other AAPI Chapters and lead this noble initiative to donate blood with the objective of saving lives around the nation,” Dr. Gupta is quoted saying in the press release adding that they planned to hold more such events around the state in the near future.

Other physicians involved in the blood drive include Drs.  Subbarao Bollepalli, Sujata Prasad, Jaya, Daptardar, Viji Kurup from CAPI, and Hari Krishna, president of the Middletown Hindu Temple Board and Kiran Pyneni, who had helped to provide the venue and made all the arrangements for the blood drive.

One of many who donated blood at the Aopril 30, 2022 Bllod Donation Drive held at Middletown Hindu Temple, Connecticut. Photo courtesy CAPI/AAPI

“The Blood Drive, while honoring India on her 75th year of Independence, has been dedicated to the Fallen Heroes, who have sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others infected with the deadly Covid pandemic,” said Dr. Daptardar.

Each blood component of a whole blood transfusion can help up to three different people, the press release noted and it does not cost anything to donate blood, it added. “Blood is needed every two seconds, said Dr. Meher Medavaram, chair of AAPI’s national blood donation drive.

For more details of CAPI membership visit: https://capionline.com

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