As part of its many collaborative ventures with the Mahavir Vaatsalya Aspatal, a charitable hospital founded by former IPS officer Acharya Kishore Kunal, RC Pataliputra, RID 3250, has set up the Mahavir Rotary Pataliputra Blood Centre with a blood cell separator unit through a global grant.
The state-of-the-art blood bank with a component separator unit will immensely benefit patients as the services would be at an economical cost, said Shilpi Chachan, past president of the club. Both the club and the Mahavir Mandir Nyas (Trust) are together implementing several community initiatives, some of which are the Mukti Rath (hearse vehicle) launched in 2014, a centre for heart surgery and a dialysis centre. In 2020, when the club led by Shilpi decided to set up the blood bank the then DG Gopal Khemka and DRFC Sanjay Khemka immediately accepted the proposal.A global grant project worth $116,000, which also included ventilators for health centres, was approved by TRF in July 2020.
The facility was inaugurated by Kishore Kunal and DG Pratim Banerjee in the presence of IPDG Sunnil Mehra, RID 3141, DRFC Sanjay Khemka, PDGs Gopal Khemka, L B Singh, Vivek Kumar, C Khandelwal and Rakesh Prasad. The club has plans to set up a eye hospital on the premises of the Mahavir Vaatsalya Aspatal and donate a ventilator and a dialysis unit to the hospital, said Bipin Chachan, the club’s GG chairman.