By Shashwati, New Delhi, June 14 ANI | 1 year ago

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan donated blood on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day today, in New Delhi.

While donating blood, the minister said that voluntary blood donation should be encouraged as the need for safe blood is rising, and also revealed that donating blood reduces the chances of falling prey to heart disease and obesity by 80 per cent.

Vardhan also inaugurated the 'Blood Donation Drive' at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where he urged all healthy citizens between the age of 18 to 65 to donate blood regularly, and later did it himself.

According to health experts, India faces a blood shortage of 3 million units which can be addressed if an additional two percent of Indians donated blood.

(Posted on 14-06-2014)

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