Dimapur, June 14: Along with the rest of the country, World Blood Donor Day was celebrated today at Mount Olive College, Kohima under the theme ‘Safe Blood for collaboration with Red Ribbon Club and Mount Olive College, Kohima.
Every year on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14th June, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
Medical Officer Blood Bank, Dr. Avila Sangtam, speaking on the importance of Blood donation, highlighted that one should not only look at one side of giving blood to patient but it is also very important to know the safety of the donor. She informed 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 (related to women’s menstrual cycle period, breastfeeding, under medication, TB, Typhoid); Permanent deferral – where donor will not be able to donate for a life time (cancer, AIDs, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, hepatitis-B) and Self deferral- where donor is aware of the situation and will not be able to donate (the donor is aware of the sickness and deferred from donating. She also added that, it is mandatory for screening five diseases in India – HIV 1and 2, Hepatitis -B, Hepatitis-C, Syphillis and Malaria).
She apprised that, one who has the risk factor of such associated diseases should not donate, as the blood, one is going to donate is going to a sick person. Hence, urged them to make themselves always aware of the situation and criteria before donating.
Avila also informed on certain criteria for donating blood – the donor should be of age between 18-to 60 years, should weight 45kgs or more, pulse should be 60 to 100 beats per minute, Haemoglobin should be minimum 12.5gm/dl. She further informed that, Donor counselling and screening through questionnaire before donation is an important process not only to ensure blood safety but also to recruit and retain regular voluntary non remunerated donor.
Teacher in-charge, Baptist High, Seketouzo Haralu said that donating blood and saving one’s life gives happiness to a donor. He mentioned that donating blood to somebody is similar to the way one contributes tithes to God. He urged the young people who are healthy and above 45kgs to come forward and save lives and be blessed.
The programme was chaired by Ajanbeni Ovung. Altogether 28 donors including teachers, VBDAK members and students donated blood to mark the World Blood Donor Day.
Observing the World Blood Donors Day on the theme “Safe Blood for all”, a program was held at St. Xavier’s College, Jalukie town on June 14. The program was organized by the 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 about 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 program for coming forward to save lives.
Rev. Father Francis S Cheerangal, Principal St. Xavier’s College shared about the importance of blood donation. He also stated saying that parents gave life to us so also we can save a life by donating blood to those in need.
Thereafter, motivational talk was given by Nguazeulungbe, President, Voluntary Blood Donors Association Peren. He expressed his concern stating that from his experience the first step is the hardest but once you take the decision and donate blood it becomes easier, adding it also gives one the sense of responsibility and proud feeling for the contribution in saving a life. He also shared on the eligibility criteria for donating blood.
Earlier in the program invocation prayer was said by Rev. Sister Maria Kikon, Vice Principal, St. Xavier’s College. Special numbers were given by RRC St. Xavier’s College and Samwibo.
The program concluded with vote of thanks by Apale Lasushe, Nodal Officer, RRC St. Xavier’s College. A total 26 students led by the college Principal donated blood and also potential blood donors list was prepared for future donation.
(Page News Service)