Emergency Service SMS 96000 97000 For Blood India – Fake news

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Below messages have been circulated on social media -

Facebook Post –

Important Message for all my Dearest FRIENDS here: To Get Blood in India, Just SMS Eg: BLOODO+ve & Send It To 96000 ,97000...Immediately the Donor itself will call you.
You can SAVE a LIFE :)

Fake Message:

From "Avsjai" : Dear Friends
This is a forwarded message received from a very reliable source.
It will work in India.
AVS
__________________________________________________
How to Get Blood in Emergency!
All you have to do is just type "BLOOD* and send SMS to 96000 97000" (in India)
*example: "BLOOD B+"
A BLOOD DONOR WILL CALL YOU within minutes!!
So please pass this message to all. It certainly would save many lives.
Forward this to all your friends whom you care ....as the minute you spare to share this information can save somebody's life with rare Blood Group.

14th November 2011 From India, Madras

Fake Message:

Dear friends,in case of blood emergency-you have to type 'BLOOD' & send sms to 96000 97000(in india)for example-'BLOOD B+'-blood donor will call you within minutes.

Our Analysis: The above messages have been circulating on social media that to get blood in India, just SMS to 9600 9700 and immediately donor will call you back. As per our analysis it is not fact and can be termed as fake news.  

In year 2008, Jeevan Blood Bank had started this initiative only for people of Chennai and not India. The details were published in the Hindu newspaper:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/SMS-to-get-blood-stock-data/article15299547.ece

Conclusion – This scheme was introduced in 2008 by Jeevan Blood Bank only for people of Chennai and this is not valid as of now. This was never launched at India level, so we can term this news as fake news.



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