J. G. Jolly

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Dr. J. G. Jolly
Born (1926-10-01)1 October 1926
Died 5 October 2013(2013-10-05) (aged 87)
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Fields Medicine

PGI Chandigarh

GMCH Chandigarh
Alma mater Lucknow University
Known for Blood banking
Blood transfusions

Dr. J. G. Jolly (born 1 October 1926) is an Indian physician and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He is an internationally known expert in the field of blood transfusion, who pioneered the voluntary blood donation movement in India,[1] and is regarded as the "Father of Transfusion Medicine in India".[2][3][4] He spearheaded the campaign to prohibit sale and purchase of blood from professional donors in India,[5][6] which was later incorporated into the National Blood Policy of India[7][8][9][10] by the Government of India. He has generated awareness among the masses about the significance of blood donation programmes by observing "Blood Donation Day" on 1 October. This has helped in obtaining adequate quantity of quality blood from voluntary donors.[11] His dedicated work has contributed magnificently to the development and excellence in professional service, research and teaching in the field of Transfusion Medicine in India.

He was the founder of the Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, founder President of Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology[12] and made significant contributions to the development of Blood programme in India. As a result of his contributions, he represented India in numerous International Delegations as well as scientific conferences. During the course of these visits he got the opportunity of studying the blood transfusion programme in different parts of the world for revamping the organisational set up in India.

On the completion of his assignment at the PGI, Chandigarh he joined SGPGI Lucknow to establish a department of excellence where he introduced postgraduate degrees in Transfusion Medicine for the first time in India. He then provided consultation to the Government Medical College, Chandiagrh.[13]

During the recent years, he has been concentrating his activities primarily towards the academic development of transfusion medicine and to provide free factors to haemophiliacs.[14][15][16] He has also advocated "screening of parents and unborn babies for thalassaemia in India".[17][18][19][20] He has emphasised the need for the provision of more and advanced facilities for the preparation of blood components in India.[21][22] He has worked to meeting blood requirement during disasters.[23] Being associated with the National and State Blood Transfusion Councils of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh he has continued his efforts in the development of Transfusion services in the region.[24][25][26][27][28] He was also instrumental in setting up a department of Transfusion Medicine, having well established units for blood components at the newly established Government Medical College, Chandigarh. As an international expert on Blood Transfusion Medicine, he has reviewed Strategies for Safe Blood Transfusion for the World Health Organisation,[29] and has written over 100 scientific articles in international journals.[30][31][32][33]

As a result of his innumerable contributions in this field Dr. Jolly is recognised as the leader of blood banking in India.[34][35][36][37] Among the numerous distinctions conferred on Dr. Jolly are the J. G. Mukherjee gold medal by the Lucknow University for distinguished research contribution (1958), Dr. B. C. Roy National Award for the development of the speciality of Blood Transfusion in India (1981), Philip Levine Memorial Award for national contributions in Transfusion Medicine (1993) and IDPL Diamond Jubilee IMA Oration Award (1996). He was also awarded by The Chandigarh Administration on the Republic Day of India for social service and illustrious achievements in the field of blood donation.[38] The fact that the speciality of blood transfusion has begun to be recognised in India can be attributed to the sustained effort of Dr. Jolly. He has been accorded recognition by the World Health Organisation, International Society of Blood Transfusion and World Federation of Hemophilia.


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  2. ^ "2. Blood donation camp held to mark World Blood Donor day-Express News" (PDF). Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Transfusion guru questions blood safety". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "World Blood Donation Day: Events focus on voluntary blood donation". The Tribune. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bad Blood". Down To Earth. 28 February 1995. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Panic over bad blood". Down To Earth. 31 March 1994. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "National Blood Policy (India)" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "CME on transfusion medicine". The Tribune. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "'Implement national blood policy'". The Tribune. 22 September 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Professional donors' blood still being used". The Tribune. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Blood Donation Day on Oct 1". The Tribune. 23 September 2000. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chandigarh Scan:CME on blood transfusion services". The Tribune. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Talk on aged and ageing". The Tribune. 27 December 1999. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dr Jolly asks UT and Governments of Punjab and HP to provide free factor to hemophiliacs". Punjab Newsline. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "'Haemophilia can be managed'". The Tribune. 12 February 2001. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Open clinic for haemophilics". The Tribune. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  17. ^ Bhatia, Kuldip (12 September 2005). "Tests for thalassaemia before marriage". The Tribune. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Plea to help thalassemic patients". The Tribune. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Haemophillics need care". The Tribune. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "Special clinics for haemophilics in PGI, GMCH-32 demanded". The Tribune. 13 August 2001. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  21. ^ Prashar, A.S. (10 June 2004). "Stress laid on making blood components". The Tribune. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "Budgeting blood: one drop to serve many". The Tribune. 22 March 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  23. ^ "Better disaster management stressed". The Tribune. 14 September 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  24. ^ Chauhan, Pratibha (2 July 2002). "Professional donors' blood not always safe". The Tribune. The Tribune. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  25. ^ Prashar, A. S. (27 October 2004). "USA holds valuable lesson for Indian blood banks". The Tribune. The Tribune. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "125 Tribune employees donate blood". The Tribune. The Tribune. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "PGI enters the womb of problem!". The Hindustan Times. The Hindustan Times. 21 January 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  28. ^ Bhatia, Kuldip (28 August 2005). "State ill-equipped to handle disaster". The Tribune. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Strategy for Safe Blood Transfusion: Acknowledgements". World Health Organisation. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  30. ^ Jolly, JG (2000). "Medicolegal significance of human blood groups". Journal of the Indian Medical Association. 98 (6): 340–1. PMID 11002646. [non-primary source needed]
  31. ^ Choudhury, NJ; Dubey, ML; Jolly, JG; Kalra, A; Mahajan, RC; Ganguly, NK (1990). "Post-transfusion malaria in thalassaemia patients". Blut. 61 (5): 314–6. doi:10.1007/BF01732885. PMID 2271779. 
  32. ^ Jolly, JG (1998). "High risk donors and AIDS in transfusion practice". Journal of the Indian Medical Association. 96 (7): 201, 204. PMID 9830285. [non-primary source needed]
  33. ^ Jolly, JG; Choudhary, N (1991). "AIDS and transfusion practice". Indian journal of pathology & microbiology. 34 (4): 305–8. PMID 1818039. [non-primary source needed]
  34. ^ "PGI honours for city's centurion blood donors". Indian Express. Indian Express. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  35. ^ "Camps mark World Blood Donors' Day". The Times of India. The Times of India. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  36. ^ Prashar, A. S. (29 April 2004). "Condition of blood banks deplorable, says expert". The Tribune. The Tribune. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  37. ^ "100 blood donors honoured". The Tribune. The Tribune. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  38. ^ "R-Day awards for varsity don, Dr Jolly, Irina Brar". The Tribune. 24 January 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 

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