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New Delhi [India], October 1 (ANI): With over 2.5 lakh people voluntarily donating blood, India recorded a new milestone under 'Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav', said the Ministry of Health on Saturday.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya lauded the achievement on a micro-blogging site.

"More than 2.5 lakh people have voluntarily donated blood under the Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav which started on PM Narendra Modi Ji's birthday. The success of the initiative has strengthened the noble cause of humanity which will help immensely in saving many precious lives," tweeted Mandaviya.

The mega voluntary blood donation drive, Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav was kickstarted by Mandaviya on September 17.

A new world record was achieved on the first day of the camp with over 87 thousand donations.

Dr Mandaviya hailed the extraordinary achievement in his tweet.

"New world record! Today I am happy to inform that on the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji Raktdaan AmritMahotsav more than 87 thousand people have donated blood voluntarily so far, which is a new world record. This is an invaluable gift from the country to our beloved Pradhan Sevak," tweeted Mandaviya.

"As another remarkable aspect of this nationwide drive, 6,136 camps have been registered for this mega drive along with more than 1.95 lakh blood donors registered so far on E-Rakt Kosh portal," read a statement.

In another step towards ensuring health for all, President Droupadi Murmu launched 'Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan' to eliminate TB by 2025, on 9th September 2022.

"Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan is an extension of Hon'ble Prime Minister's citizen- centric policies and a key step in ensuring enhanced awareness regarding the treatment for TB, a curable disease. The treatment is available free of cost at government health facilities," added the statement.

The initiative has gained momentum and so far roughly 13.5 lakh TB patients have registered on the Nikshay portal, out of which 9.5 lakh active TB patients have given their consent for adoption.

The Ni-kshay 2.0 portal is facilitating in providing additional patient support to improve treatment outcomes of TB patients, augmenting community involvement in meeting India's commitment to end TB by 2025 and leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunities.

The Nikshay Mitras can also register on the website and more than 15,000 such mitras have registered so far and shown their commitment to provide support for over 9.5 lakh TB patients. (ANI)

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