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VBDAK holds blood donation drive on WBDD

World Blood Donors Day at Kohima

Nagaland Blood Donor app launched

KOHIMA, JUNE 14: In a bid to have a centralised information on blood donors and create awareness on the importance of blood donation in Nagaland, the Voluntary Blood Donors Association Kohima (VBDAK) launched the Blood Donor App and conducted a blood donation drive at the Red Cross Society Building, Kohima on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
Developed by NK Square, the Blood Donor App was launched by Jt CEO, NSMA, Johnny Ruangmei. He said that the app will be very useful in the event of mass casualties or a major accident. Since all information will be centralised, we’ll be able to use the directory in obtaining blood in the golden hour after any accidents.
Stating that the launch of the app will immensely enhance the blood donation service, he further expressed hope that such initiative will contribute to bridging the division in our society that is predicated on isms.
Pointing out the numerous benefits that can be derived from the emerging technologies, Raungmei said that it is everyone’s responsibility to bring in the emerging technologies in order to save more lives.
The emerging technologies such as AI based applications should enable us to transform as humanity and instead of using it for further divisions, he added.
More than 40 plus units of blood were received at the drive. The donors were mostly Jawans from the 78th CRPF Battalion, Zubza and some civilians as well, informed the VBDAK Chairman, Bendang Imsong.
He informed that the WBDD 2022 is being organised on the theme ‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity’, the day is being observed to draw attention to the role played by Voluntary blood donors play in saving lives and enhancing solidarity within communities.
Imsong also said that specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to thank blood donors across the world and to create wider public awareness of the need for regular unpaid blood donation. Highlight the need for committed year-round blood donation, maintain adequate supplies and to achieve universal and timely access to safe blood donation, recognise and promote the values of voluntary blood donation.
VDBAK celebrated its 10 years of existence in 2021, the association had resolved to make a long-lasting impact on how blood donation is being carried out in the state and make efforts to reach out to more people across the state. The app was developed while considering all these factors, Imsong informed.
Stating that people are still reluctant to come forward while the demand for blood donation is still high, Imsong expressed hope that with the launch of the app, an awareness on the among the people
General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society (Nagaland Branch), Neiphi Kire said that despite all the development and modern scientific advancement in medical science, artificial blood cannot be prepared in laboratories, factories or institutions. It has to come from the human body through blood donation, he said.
Kire also announced the World Blood Donor Day which is celebrated on June 14 every year since 2005. The day is the birthdate of Karl Landsteiner, the person who discovered A, B and O blood systems and won the Nobel prize for it, he added.
He said the WBDD is also a time to honour the blood donors as the critical importance of unpaid voluntary donation of blood has saved thousands of lives.
Regular blood donation is linked to low blood pressure and lower the risk of heart attacks. It also helps in reducing cardiovascular risk factors, he said.
Kire further appealed to the Government of Nagaland to support the organizations such as blood donors’ organisations in strengthening and expanding their efforts to promote voluntary blood donations in the state.
VBDAK said that while they are yet to roll out the app for android platform, interested people can still access the blood donor directory in Nagaland via www.nagalandblooddonors.com
(Page News Service)

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