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National Voluntary Blood Donation observed

Medical fraternity seen along with blood donors during the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, District Hospital Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Oct 1:
Published on 2 Oct. 2008 12:37 AM IST
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To mobilize voluntary blood donors by motivating the potential donors and to motivate for the cause of society National Voluntary Blood Donation day was celebrated on October 1 at District Hospital Dimapur. Manoj Kumar Jain businessman and active social worker and a donor who donated blood for the fiftieth times graced the occasion as chief guest. In his speech, Kumar said "the greatest donation in the world is blood donation…never ever suppress your desire to donate blood just for the sake of negligible pain" stating that there was tremendous demand for blood in hospitals, Kumar said in his experience "when you realize that your blood has saved someone's life, you feel high, your energy levels increases and your moral is heavily boosted" He urged the gathering to never suppress themselves to donate blood just for the sake of negligible pain. Welcoming the donors, medical fraternity, police department and the organisers Dr. Sukhato A. Sema said that blood bank Dimapur being the model blood bank and the highest number of blood donors has been donating blood to Wokha, Mon, Kohima and other parts of the state. In charge of blood bank, district hospital Dr. Temsu said during the past attempts to create awareness on blood donation failed miserably nevertheless, the importance of blood donation has been greatly felt of late and the blood bank Dimapur has come a long way to keep it running. Donors representing 15 institutions and 17 organisations all in white T shirts printed with 'the drop of life' 'it's about life' and 'donate blood, save life' attended the programme. Expounding on the future prospects of the blood bank, Dr. Temsu also said it would be acquiring a blood component separation machine soon in the blood bank and also announced that blood bank, Dimapur has been declared as model blood bank in Nagaland i.e it would be at par with other blood bank in other parts of India and would be able to donate blood components to every corner of the state. Delivering vote of thanks, Dr. Alex Kithan, Hon, secretary IDANSB expressed gratitude to churches, institution, organisations NGOs, schools and colleges, CMO and medical fraternity for their cooperation rendered during the blood donation drive. The programme was chaired by Dr. D.A Newmai. Voluntary blood donors are saviors of mankind and this greatest gift shared for mankind was 30 donors, mostly college students who donated their precious blood during the later part of the programme at blood bank, district hospital Dimapur. Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG: National Voluntary Blood Donation Day was observed at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH) organized by the Indian Red Cross Society, Mokokchung Branch. The program today was graced by Col. Deepak Dadhwal Commandant 30 AR Mokokchung as the Chief Guest. Chief Guest stressed about the importance of saving lives through blood donation. He said that donating blood carry a greater message of humanity and added "a donor may be from a different caste, sex, religion but the blood is the same". He further added that donating blood was a noble thing and added that by donating blood, it not only saves lives but also carries a greater meaning to it. The chief guest was candid in pointing out the reluctance of the people here with regard to blood donation. He urged the concerned agencies to create more awareness among the people is this issue and expressed "Nobody should die for want of blood". Earlier in the day, the Blood Bank IMDH organized a slogan competition on blood donation, the results of which were declared at the program and prizes given. The competition was held to create awareness and to motivate blood donation amongst the school students. Later, the program was followed by voluntary blood donation. KOHIMA: National Voluntary Blood Donation day was also observed at Kohima. To mark the occasion a run was organized starting from P.R. Hill to Naga Hospital, Kohima which was flagged off by the minister for agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry at 7 a.m. Earlier the Minister in his speech said that Blood was not available over the counter and "we can only donate the little drops which save life and that for those who seek and for people in need of blood, there is no greater happiness than knowing that someone has cared and given blood" Schools and college students and different ward members and youth took part in the run holding placards like 'donate blood, save life', 'your donation, our survival', 'blood, the group of life', 'save my life through your blood'. T-shirts were also distributed to all the participants. Later, Governor of Nagaland, K. Sankaranarayanan graced the Blood Donation Day as the Chief Guest at Naga Hospital Authority. K. Sankaranarayanan, speaking on the occasion said that nothing is precious than blood since blood cannot be manufactured in industries but has to be donated. The Governor congratulated blood donors under the National Service Scheme, medical fraternity and students. 'Blood donation is harmless', he said while further stating that precautionary measures should also be taken for prevention of diseases like HIV. The Governor also encouraged the people to donate blood and further urged upon the concerned Department to open Blood Bank in all the district headquarters. Governor released a CD on blood donation by Dr. Vinotsole. Certificates were given away to colleges participating in blood donation like Mount Olive College, Alder College and Sazolie College. The Chief Guest also handed over Rs. 50,000/- to Naga Hospital authority. Commissioner and secretary to the government of Nagaland, P. Francis Solo, deputy commissioner, Kohima, Sachopra Vero and other government officials also attended the programme. Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Menukhol John presided over the programme.

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