‘Patients with dengue fever may suffer lethal bleeding due to a sharp drop in platelet count and require urgent platelet transfusion to save their lives. The online community of platelet donors can be contacted by family members of patients in major cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Hyderabad through the 24 x 7 helpline number 7878782020.’
During an emergency, relatives of dengue
patients can call on HIT Platelet helpline '7878782020' to
request for platelet donation. Following
the request, registered donors are informed through SMS and/or calls and SMS.
The platelet donor can
go directly to the hospital where the patient is admitted or the platelets may
visit their nearest Apollo Hospital, the medical partner for the helpline
to donate platelets even if the patient is not admitted there. The platelets
will then be sent to the patient.
Speaking on the initiative, Ms Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing
Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, "Vector-borne diseases like dengue
are emerging as a threat to public health in India. To address this issue, we
at Apollo Hospitals, have tied-up with Godrej HIT to build a platelet donor
community. Through this initiative, we are trying to bridge the disparity in
awareness and provide ready resources to manage diseases like dengue."
Donation Safe & Who Can Donate Platelets?
This will be a question asked by persons before registering
as a platelet donor. Platelet donation is a safe procedure.
are obtained from the donor by a process called apheresis that permits
extraction of large numbers of platelets from the donor's blood and replacing
the red cells and plasma back into the bloodstream. Thus, the
donor does not feel as weak as compared to when donating whole blood. He can
resume his routine activities soon. In fact, the
body replaces the donated platelets within 24 hours.
Anyone can donate platelets as long as they are not on
aspirin or similar drugs or have not taken the medication in the previous 1-2
days. You can donate platelets up to 24 times in a year unlike whole blood donation
which can be done only up to 4 times a
Register To Become A Platelet Donor
Persons wanting to donate platelets and save the lives of
patients with dengue fever, can download
the Hit - Track The Bite app from the Google Play store or the iPhone App Store
and register their names
and details, which will be used to contact them
during an emergency.
Platelets in Brief
Platelets are the smallest cells in the blood (the other two
being red blood cells and white blood cells) and play an important role in clotting of blood
and prevent blood loss which can be serious otherwise. When the platelet count drops to below 20.000/ cu.mm, there is a
significantly increased risk of internal bleeding and even death.
India's first ever online platelet donor helpline launched
by Godrej Hit has over 1.5 lakh registered donors, with the aim of saving the
lives of dengue patients who are at risk of a sudden drop in platelet count
and uncontrolled bleeding. The 24 x 7 helpline number is 7878782020.