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World Blood Donor Day observed in Kohima, Peren

World Blood Donor Day observed in Kohima, Peren
Students from Mount Olive College, Kohima donating blood on World Blood Donor Day on June 14. (DIPR)
Correspondent Kohima, Jun 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/14/2019 11:38:14 AM IST

Fifty four donors (28 in Kohima and 26 in Peren) including students, teachers and members of Voluntary Blood Donor Association Kohima  (VBDAK) donated blood on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, which was observed in Kohima and Peren respectively on June 14 on the theme, “Safe Blood for All”. 

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on June 14 to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner (a scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the ABO blood group system).

Speaking on the occasion, Medical Officer Blood Bank, Dr. Avila Sangtam,  said one should not only look at one side of giving blood, but it was important to know the safety of the donor. 

She said that there are three categories that a donor can donate and cannot donate- Temporary deferral- where a donor will not be able to donate for a certain amount of time. eg:-  related to women’s menstrual cycle period, breastfeeding, under medication, T.B, Typhoid.

Permanent deferral- where donor will not be able to donate for a life time eg:- cancer, AIDs, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, hepatitis-B.

Self deferral- where donor is aware of the situation and will not be able to donate eg:- the donor is aware of the sickness and deferred from donating. 

She also highlighted certain criteria for donating blood and said that donor counselling and screening has to be done to ensure safety.

Teacher in-charge, Baptist High, Seketouzo Haralu, who had donated blood for more than 30 times also addressed the gathering. 

He said donating blood to somebody was similar to the way one contributes tithes to God. 

Encouraging the gathering to donate blood, he testified that he has donated blood for more than 30 times but still enjoys good and healthy life and added that there was no harm in donating blood.       

He also said that too much of iron in our blood can cause diseases, and every time one donates blood, the blood is regenerated. 

Therefore, he urged everyone to donate blood for a happy and healthy life as well as be a blessing in contributing in saving a life. 

Earlier, he was also presented with a memento by NHAK for his contribution in donating blood for more than 30 times.

The programme chaired by Ajanbeni Ovung began with an invocation by chaplain, MOCK, Khekali Aye. Welcome address was delivered by principal, MOCK, Dr. N. Tiwary. Special Number was presented by JatphoaKonyak. Vote of thanks was delivered by medical officer blood bank, Dr. Avila Sangtam.

Lhuvesho Lohe from Phek district, who has donated blood for 15 times, also donated blood on the occasion. 

Meanwhile, speaking to this correspondent on the sideline of the programme, Dr. Avila said Nagaland has only three license blood bank namely Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), Dimapur and Mokokchung civil hospital. 

She informed that many times the blood bank ran of the stock. 

She therefore said citizens are welcomed at NHAK blood bank to donate blood.    

Peren: The day was also observed in Peren at St. Xavier’s College, Jalukie town organized by District AIDS Prevention Control Unit (DAPCU) Peren in collaboration with the Red Ribbon Club (RRC), St. Xavier’s College, Jalukie. The program was chaired by Rovikhoto Mor, District Program Officer, DAPCU.

Addressing the gathering as theme speaker Dr. Supongmenla Walling, DTO RNTCP, highlighted the World Blood Donors day in line with the theme Safe blood for all. 

She encouraged the students to donate blood and expressed that there should be more donors in the future. She acknowledged the donors present in the programme for coming forward to save lives. 

Rev. Father Francis S Cheerangal, principal St. Xavier’s College shared about the importance of blood donation. 

Later, a motivational talk was given by Nguazeulungbe, president, Voluntary Blood Donors Association Peren. 

Earlier, in the programme invocation prayer was said by Rev. Sister Maria Kikon, vice principal, St. Xavier’s College. A total 26 students led by the college Principal donated blood.

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