Responding to state Health Minister Rajesh Tope’s appeal to donate blood, anticipating a shortfall of the same if the Coronavirus outbreak worsens, three cops attached with the Powai police station donated blood at a special drive organized near Jain Mandir earlier this week. The policemen, identified as Vijay Ghagre, Ambadas Kalel and Shivraj Koli donated blood at the camp that was organized by Corporator Vaishali Patil, nominated Corporator Srinivas Tripathi in association with the Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital.
The cops took time off from their laborious duty of enforcing the lockdown in Powai and donated blood, which will be collected in a special bank to be used for future emergencies and possibly for patients being treated for Covid-19. The cops have earned accolades from citizens and their superiors alike for volunteering to donate blood that can save lives.
Maharashtra is the worst hit state in the entire country, with more than half of the cases from Mumbai alone. This has put enormous strain on providers of essential services, with the first ones being medical workers in hospitals and the rest being critical government services like the police, government hospitals, fire brigade and the armed forces, that have been mobilized to make up for the logistical and infrastructural shortfall.