World Red Cross Day celebrated across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/8/2020 12:35:37 PM IST

Amidst nationwide COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, people across the state celebrated “World Red Cross Day” Friday under the global theme, “Keep clapping for the volunteers”. 

Though no big events were held to mark the day, people gathered in small numbers to thank the frontline workers and volunteers during the pandemic.

Kohima: Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Kohima branch in association with IRCS Nagaland state branch celebrated World Red Cross day at Old MLA Hostel Junction.

In a speech, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima, Thejawhelie Grogery Sote appreciated the Red Cross volunteers for always extending help to humankind in the time of crisis. 

As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the DC also recounted how Red Cross volunteers across the world have been reaching out to those in need. He thanked Red Cross volunteers in Nagaland for their assistance during this fight against the virus.

IRCS Nagaland state branch, general secretary, Neiphi Kire also spoke at the programme. Later, mask, pamphlets and hand sanitizers were distributed. Red Cross volunteers had also created awareness on sanitization and social distancing. (Correspondent) 

Dimapur: Dimapur Red Cross celebrated World Red Cross Day and 100 years of Indian Red Cross Society at Holy Cross School Auditorium on May 8 with chairman, Dimapur Red Cross, Chandu Agarwal as the chief guest while vice-president, Naga Council Dimapur, Ghokuto Chophi was the guest of honour.

A press release from Indian Red Cross Society Dimapur district branch vice-chairman, Ajay Sethi stated that both Agarwal and Chophi appreciated the selfless services of the volunteers. 

It may be noted that the worldwide theme for Red Cross this year is “Keep clapping for volunteers”. It stated that volunteers are as good as frontline warriors for their selfless services rendered for the welfare of the society during this pandemic COVID-19.

During the programme, the members present clapped for the volunteers in particular, as a mark of respect to them. Chairman announced about the Innerwheel Club, women’s wing of Rotary Club of Dimapur, which sponsored appreciation certificates and chocolates for the 47 volunteers of the containment zone (Marwari Patti etc.), Dimapur.

It may be noted that more than 500 Red Cross volunteers of Dimapur Red Cross from almost all denominations and communities have been actively assisting the district administration & chief medical officer for the past 45 days in maintaining social distancing at fair price shops, medical & grocery shops, ration distributions, community kitchens works, food packaging, ATMs, malls besides conducting thermal screenings and distributing food packets etc.

Dimapur Red Cross has approximately 100 patrons, 1,000 life members, 3,000 Youth Red Cross members. 

Dimapur Red Cross has already issued more than 500 Red Cross jerseys, 2,000 hand gloves, 1500 sanitizers, 3000 masks, 50 raincoats, 30 umbrellas etc. to its volunteers. Dimapur Red Cross has added 7 patrons & 7 life members in last one month. 

Any interested citizen or organisations of Dimapur can become a life member or patron of Red Cross by paying nominal fees to its bank account or to managing committee members. 

Honorary secretary K. K. Paul spoke about the history and founder of Red Cross; Ahidur Rahman exhorted the volunteers in general for their noble deeds.  Kuldeep Jain chaired the program while Ashok Agarwal offered vote of thanks. The programme was attended by team leaders of volunteers, auditorium volunteers and Red Cross members. 

Kiphire: Indian Red Cross Society Kiphire branch celebrated World Red Cross Day Friday at the Conference Hall of the District Hospital Kiphire with the frontline workers.

Delivering a keynote address as special guest, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kiphire, Sarita Yadav appreciated the frontline workers for their tirelessly contribution towards containing COVID-19 pandemic.

Stating that COVID-19 disease would be prevalent, Yadav said the only thing to prevent it was to follow the guidelines issued by the health department and maintain social distancing.She also urged the Red Cross volunteers to create awareness on the importance of social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.

Life member of Red Cross Kiphire, S.K James also appreciated the frontline workers for selfless sacrifice. 

He also led the congregation to clap for the volunteers. Chairperson of the programme, Red Cross secretary Kiphire, Tsointhe Hony read out the pledge.

Longleng: Indian Red Cross Society Longleng branch celebrated World Red Cross Day at the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Longleng.

According to DIPR report, DC Longleng, Shayung Phom, who is also the chairman of the IRCS Longleng, addressed the gathering as the special guest.

The DC urged the gathering to continue to actively respond to COVID-19 pandemic through their voluntary and humanitarian service. 

Shayung said the district administration, police, medical department and other government agencies along with the churches and civil societies have been working round the clock and have left no stone unturned to ensure the safety of its citizens. 

The DC also informed that the police, village guards and DBs deployed at Dikhu River have been constantly screening the stranded students, patients and other people coming back from other districts to Longleng. He also appealed the people not to discriminate those returning back to the district.


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