From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, June 14: World Blood Donors Day was observed under the aegis of the Mangaldai Civil Hospital Blood Bank with a day-long programme here on Sunday.
On the occasion a public meeting was held at the auditorium of the GNM training centre on this year’s theme of the World Blood Donors Day –‘Thank you for saving my life’. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Superintendent of Mangaldai Civil Hospital Dr Binita Gogoi said that the celebration of the day is marked with the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner who way back in 1900 distinguished the main blood groups A, B, AB & O. She pointed out how the demand for stock of blood in the blood bank of the Civil Hospital was growing day-by-day with the alarmingly increasing cases of road accidents. Addressing the audience comprising health officials, health workers, trainee nurses, members of local voluntary blood donor groups, former District Media Expert of the Health & Family Welfare Department, Darrang, Sankar Kakati alleged that the State Government was not giving due importance of motivating the young generation towards the need of voluntary blood dotion. He urged the government to introduce the practical importance of voluntary blood dotion in the academic curriculum. Earlier, while explaining the objectives of the this year’s theme, in-charge Medical Officer of Mangaldai Blood Bank, Dr Daud Ali said that the demand for blood in the world could be met if only eight persons out of one thousand people in the average came forward for voluntary blood dotion to save millions of lives every year. Referring to a recent study he pointed out that voluntary regular blood dotion could reduce the risk of carrying deadly disease cancer.
The organizers also felicitated to the office bearers a number of of local non-government organizations including Crystal Vision, 104 Sanjivani Employees Union, Rising Hands of Tangla, NCC unit of Mangaldai College, Mangaldai Branch of Red Cross Society of India and Mangaldai Nirman Shramik Santha for their regular support to the blood bank. The meeting also witnessed a short drama and a chorus from the trainees of the GNM Training Centre. Earlier, a procession was taken out through the main roads of the town where participants shouted slogans and displayed placards for voluntary blood dotion and saving lives.