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World Blood Donors Day observed

(Left) A student donating blood on the occasion of World Blood Donors Day at NHAK on Monday. (Right) Pathologist and in-charge of Blood Bank Dr. Temsu and medical superintendent Dr. Sukhato A. Sema at the launching of Blood Donors Point on Monday at Dimapur Civil Hospital. (NP)
Correspondent / Staff Reporter KOHIMA, JUN 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Jun. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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World Blood Donors’ Day organized by the Nagaland AIDS Control Society in collaboration with blood bank, NHAK and 16 Assam Rifles on the theme “celebrating the gift of blood” was held at Naga Hospital authority complex with state PHE minister Dr Ngangshi Ao as chief guest on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Ngangshi described blood as a precious gift of God and that donating blood was a great privilege as blood infused life for somebody in need.
He also allayed the fear of donating blood stating that donating blood would cause no harm as blood recreate and recycle itself in the body as long as one was of the right age. He however stressed on the need for donating clean blood and warned on the hazards of donating unclean blood. Ngangshi also encouraged voluntary blood donors’ stating donating blood for money was dangerous.
Earlier, Major Amrik Singh, Doctor incharge of the 16 AR gave the keynote address on the occasion while Dr.L Angami Director Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) proposed the vote of thanks.
On the occasion, Dr Ngangshi also gave away prizes to the winners of the essay competition held earlier. The winners in the College level included Michael Rongmei of St. Joseph College, Jakhama, Lhuvetolu of Model Christian College, Kohima and Rüvuotuonuo Ruth of Kohima College who were bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
In the Higher Secondary level, Abigail Ruuzenuo Solo of St Joseph higher secondary school Jakhama, Imlikokla Jamir of Chandmari higher secondary school and Atsono Chücha of Mezhür higher secondary school, Kohima bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Further, regular blood donors including one Rajesh Kumar Jha who on record donated blood 54 times along with several other voluntary blood donors were acknowledged and were presented with bouquet and certificates on the occasion.
DIMAPUR: In Dimapur, World Blood Donor’s Day was celebrated by launching the first ever ‘Voluntary Blood Donors Club’, ‘Blood Donors’ Point’ and mobile phone services to ensure safe blood and regular voluntary blood donation. Highlighting the achievements of Blood Bank, Pathologist and in-charge of Blood Bank Dr. Temsu said so far the Blood Bank received 2678 units of blood in the year 2007, 3092 units in the year 2008 and 3,3337 units in the year 2009. He lauded the donors for donating blood and encouraged them to contribute their services by enrolling in donors’ club.
Donors comprising mostly of students and medical fraternity attended the programme which was held on the theme “Celebrating the gift of life”. T- Shirts and caps spreading message on blood donation were distributed to the donors.
Medical superintendent Dr. Sukhato A. Sema inaugurating the ‘Blood donor’s point’ said list of patients needing blood will be displayed in ‘Blood Donors’ Point’ and those willing to donate blood could make a call by dialing emergency phone numbers 03862-228430 and 8974269485. Donors will be instructed where to donate blood and who was in need of it. This launching of ‘Blood Donors’ Point’ heralds a new chapter in voluntary blood donation.
The programme was organised by Blood Bank Dimapur.
MOKOKCHUNG: World Blood Donors Day was observed at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH) Mokokchung on Monday with the rest of the world. According to an official bulletin, a total of 42 voluntary blood donors including four regular donors turned up to donate blood. The highest number of blood donors was from Fazl Ali College Mokokchung with nine donors followed by 150 CRPF and Peoples College, Mokokchung with 8 donors each.
The voluntary blood donors were felicitated at a function at IMDH where Kesoynu Yhome, SDO (Civil) Mokokchung was the chief guest. In his speech Yhome lauded the blood donors for their ‘keen and benevolent service’ towards saving many lives. He said that donating blood was a unique service for society as it involved one’s integrity, ethics and understanding the realm of issue. Stating that blood cannot be manufactured in spite of advancement in technology, Kesonyu Yhome called upon the participants to be a donor. He also laid emphasis on the need to have state-of-the-art Blood Bank to help those who are in need of blood in time. Dr. Medem (Specialist) at IMDH spoke on the significance of the Day while Temsuwati, district informatics officer, NIC, Mokokchung, a regular blood donor spoke on behalf of the blood donors.

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