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Blood most precious gift: Lalthara

President of Naga Mothers Association Abei-ü Meru and other donors donate blood at New Secretariat Complex Kohima, (R) Medical fraternity and blood donors at a programme at Chapel hall in Dimapur, Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Jun 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Jun. 2011 12:00 AM IST
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Nagaland chief secretary Lalthara Tuesday asserted that blood was the most precious gift a person could give, as blood itself was life.
He was speaking at a function marking “World Blood Donor’s Day”, held at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat on the theme “More Blood, More Life” as chief guest.
On the occasion, he thanked and acknowledged all volunteers and blood donors for “giving life” to those in need.
Lalthara said blood donation was significant especially for Christians as Christian principles taught people to live for others and do good to others.
Asserting that blood donation was an instrument to becoming bigger and better human being, he called upon all to overcome myths and fears and assuring that donating blood did not diminish one’s strength or life span.
Baptist High Kohima headmaster Seketouzo Haralu, speaking about his experiences as a regular voluntary blood donor, said his act of donating blood regularly was his tithe to God for good health and as a sign of gratitude.
He appealed to the doctors to educate people about the importance of donating blood, and pointed out that only medical experts could clear myths and doubts from the minds of the people.
During the programme, the chief guest gave away certificates to winners of a painting competition which was organized as part of “World Blood Donor Day” on the theme “Paint the world red. More blood, more life.”
Winners in the higher secondary level include Ditube Thuilung from Mezhür Higher Secondary School in the first position, Rüüselie Tacü from Ministers Hill Baptist Higher Secondary School in second place and Samuel Rüpreo from Baptist College in third place. In the college level competition, Wekhrope Akami from Japfü Christian College was adjudged as winner, Imtiba Jamir from Baptist College in second place and Longkumjungshi Aier from Kohima College in third place. Others were also given participatory certificate.
Earlier, a song was presented by Red Ribbon Club of Sazolie College. The programme was attended by chairman of NSACS and commissioner and secretary health and family welfare, Menukhol John, officials from the department and civil secretariat, students from various schools and colleges. Various civil body groups, students and army donated their blood on the occasion.
The programme was organized by NSACS in collaboration with Nagaland Secretariat Service Association..
IN Dimapur: With the rest of the district, district hospital Dimapur observed the “World Blood Donors Day” at Chapel Hall.
The programme held on the theme ‘More blood more life’ was attended by blood donors, nurses and medical fraternity.
Highlighting the scenario of blood donation in Nagaland, Blood bank in-charge Dr. Temsu said Dimapur contributed 60% of the total 7000 units collected in Nagaland.
He lauded the blood donors present at the programme- SM College, Lingrijan CYE, Tetso College, Kerela Samaj, Youngs club, Salt Christina College, Diphupar CYE, Patkai Christian College, Patanjali You Samiti and Helpers club.
Dr. Temsu further encouraged the gathering to spread the message on awareness of blood donation.
Medical superintendent Dr. D.K Mero, delivered the welcome address and CMO Dr. Sukhato A. Sema spoke on ‘words of encouragement’ The programme as followed by voluntary blood donation.
State needs more blood storages
Nagaland is in need of more blood storage facilities to be set up in all districts of the state. This was underlined while observing “World Blood Donor Day” in Kohima Tuesday. NSACS informed that blood storage was required in all districts to meet urgent and sudden need of patients.
Nagaland has two blood storages set up in Kohima and Dimapur and two mobile blood vans.
To meet the urgent requirements, project director of Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) Dr. Nandira Changkija called upon Red Ribbon Clubs and blood donors to come together and keep their contacts ready so blood may be availed from them when in need.
While stating that there were talks to set up blood storages by the government, she said long procedures of clearing formalities was delaying the work.
She also pointed out that poor power supply in other districts would hamper maintaining storage facilities.
In the meantime, the two mobile blood vans are meeting the needs of people in rest of the districts other than Kohima and Dimapur.

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