Dimapur, May 8: The Zunheboto Branch of Indian Red Cross Society observed World Red Cross Day at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, on the theme ‘wear mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19’, on May 8, adhering to all safety protocols, according to a DIPR report.
Delivering the welcome address, Hony Secy, Dr Hokishe Kiho highlighted the activities carried out by IRCS Zunheboto Branch, like assistance to the returnees from outside the State because of the pandemic, financial assistance to landslide-affected families, material assistance while visiting villages affected by natural calamities etc.
Deputy Commissioner and chairman of IRCS, Zunheboto Branch, Peter Lichamo said that Red Cross Society is highly acknowledged all over the world because of the exemplary contributions it makes times of crisis “and which is why the Red Cross Society is one the premium organizations that is respected and honoured”.
He added that the district branch should also prepare itself for the worst effects of the pandemic. He appealed to the members to always be ready to make themselves available to the needy, which is the main objective of the organisation.
Speaking on the theme of the programme, CMO of Zunheboto Dr Akaho Sema mentioned that India is now entering the 3rd stage of the pandemic which means that the virus is everywhere and community spread is now inevitable, and unlike earlier stages contact tracing is no more possible.
He expressed regret that there are still certain sections of people who advocate against only practical solutions like wearing of masks, washing of hands, sanitizing and getting vaccinated. He warned that complacency towards the virus could result in mass destruction.
The Indian Red Cross Society( IRCS ) Kohima District Branch in commemoration of World Red Cross Day visited the Good Samaritan Old Age Home at Meriema, (near NEILIT). World Red Cross Day is observed on May 8 every year on the birth anniversary of Jean Henry Dunnant, the Founder. This year the celebration was on the theme,”Together we are unstoppable” emphasizing on the triumphant spirit of humanitarian service worldwide. The visit was accompanied by the Office Bearers and Managing Committee Members of the Kohima District Branch . The team donated some items like blankets, mask, groceries and some amount in cash to the home. (Page News Service)