Sunday, August 14, 2022

Nagaland celebrates ‘World Blood Donor Day’

Correspondent/Staff Reporter

Nagaland joined the world Tuesday in celebrating “World Blood Donor Day (WBDD)” under World Health Organization (WHO) 2022 slogan, “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”.
WHO said 2022 slogan aims to draw attention to the roles that to the roles that voluntary blood donations play in saving lives and enhancing solidarity within communities.
WBDD is celebrated every year by countries with an objective to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood, said WHO.
‘Blood Donor App’ launched in Kohima
Kohima based Voluntary Blood Donors Association Kohima (VBDAK) organised a blood donation drive at Red Cross Society Building, here on Tuesday.
During the drive, a mobile application was launched which would help in centralising information on blood donors and create awareness on the importance of blood donation in the state.
The application, “Blood Donor App”, developed by NK Square, was launched by NSDMA joint CEO, Johnny Ruangmei during the drive.
In his speech, Johnny said the app would be useful in event of mass casualties or major accident(s).
He expressed hope that since all information would now be centralised through the app, anyone would access the directory and obtain blood immediately after an accident.
Ruangmei urged upon everyone to take it as their responsibility to save more lives with the help of latest technologies in whichever way possible.
VBDAK chairman, Bendang Imsong disclosed that more than 40 units of blood were received during the drive from donors mostly comprising of jawans from the 78th CRPF battalion, Zubza and other civilians.
Imsong observed that the specific objective of this year’s campaign was to thank blood donors across the world and to create wider public awareness on the need for regular voluntary blood donors.
VDBAK celebrated its 10th year of existence in 2021 and in this regard, the association resolved to make a long-lasting impact on how blood donation was being carried out in the state and make efforts to reach out to more people.
Taking all these into account the app was developed, Imsong informed.
Imsong observed that people were “still reluctant to come forward while the demand for blood donation was high”.
He, however, expressed hope that with the launch of the app, the awareness would increase.
In a brief remark, Indian Red Cross Society-Nagaland branch, general secretary, Dr Neiphi Kire said despite all the developments and modern scientific advancement in medical science, artificial blood could not be prepared in laboratories, factories or institutions.
It could only come from a human body and passed on through blood donations, he said.
Sharing some benefits of donating blood, Dr Kire said regular blood donation was linked to low blood pressure and lower the risk of heart attacks at the same time helps in reducing cardiovascular risks.
Kire also appealed to the state government to support the organisations such as blood donors’ organisations in strengthening and expanding their efforts to promote voluntary blood donations in the state.
VBDAK informed that while they were yet to roll out the app for android platform, interested people would be able to access the blood donor directory at www.Nagalandblooddonors.com.
Challenges faced by PWH highlighted in Dimapur
Celebrating WBDD & Hemophilia awareness, 50 blood donors from various organisations donated blood here, Tuesday at District Hospital (DH) Dimapur.
At the programme, Hemophilia Society Nagaland Chapter (HSNC) president, Rhonthungo Ezung highlighted the gathering about the society and Hemophilia disorder.
Stating that there was less or no awareness on Hemophilia disorder in Nagaland, Ezung said hemophilia is a rare disorder in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury.
He said hemophilia are classified into two types: type A and type B and that it affects one out of every 20,000 males born worldwide, and both types A and B can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the number of clotting factors in the blood.
Highlighting the challenges faced by People with Hemophilia (PWH) in Nagaland, apart from other challenges, Ezung said it was difficult for PWH or families of PWH to obtain a hemophilia diagnosis report as it takes more than a week for the report to arrive as the test was sent out of the state.
He said so far, the society has identified ten PWH in Nagaland and added there might be many more people suffering, however, they were yet to be identified registered with HSNC due to lack of awareness, medical support and care facilities.
Ezung said the society was making every effort to reach out, identify and register all PWH in Nagaland by creating awareness through print and social media campaigns, leaflet distribution, and other means.
He said the effort was to ensure that no PWH become disabled or die due to lack of “factor injection”, proper treatment and management.
Ezung stated that in India alone has over 70,000 registered patients with Hemophilia A and B (1 person in 10,000 males as per National data survey). He said Hemophilia Federation of India (HFI) was established in 1983 by families of PWH and other members of the medical fraternity.
During the blood donation drive e, significance of the day was delivered by DHD blood bank in-charge, Dr Temsu and the programme concluded with blood donation.
UCTE: Unity College of Teacher Education (UCTE) and Zoe theatre school ministry, Dimapur presented street play at NRL petrol pump, near City Tower, New Market and Railway Station, Dimapur. Placards which read “Ek unit khoon pura teen jun laga life bachabo paribo”, “donating blood is an act of solidarity” and “of all the donor, blood donation is the highest” etc. were displayed during the act.
‘Spread more awareness to improve blood donation drives’
Deputy commissioner (DC) Zunheboto, Rahul Bhanudas Mali on Tuesday requested civil society organisations (CSOs) leaders and medical department to sensitise the public about the fear associated with blood donation and to spread more awareness towards improving blood donation drives.
A press release from the office of the chief medical officer (CMO) informed that the DC was speaking at WBDD programme organised by Green Club Zunheboto and District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU) Zunheboto in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society-Zunheboto district branch at town hall Zunheboto as guest of honour.
Rahul also requested students to do blood grouping to know their particular blood group in case of emergency.
He further informed that district hospital blood bank was established and expressed hope that it would be a regular process once fully fledged.
Theme speaker, deputy CMO Zunheboto, Dr. K. Akaho Sema explained how blood donation was a simple and painless procedure and any healthy person between the ages 18-60 years could donate.
He said blood regenerates every time it was transfused and encouraged potential donors to come forward as there was no risk for a healthy person to donate blood and one could resume their day after donation.
At the programme, DAPCU district programme officer, Hokishe Chophy highlighted the significant of the day. After the programme, the students took part in blood grouping test.

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