World Red Cross Day observed in State


Kohima, May 8: Nagaland today observed World Red Cross Day with call to Naga youths to join the voluntary organization and make endeavour to overcome the conflict situation in the State.
The call was made by Commissioner & Secretary for Health & Family Welfare, Himato Zhimomi while addressing the celebration on the theme ‘Everywhere for everyone, smile” organised by Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland State Branch here.
Acknowledging that the present Red Cross Society in Nagaland mainly comprises of the aged people, he was of the opinion that the baton should be passed on to the younger generation.
He said that the emphasis of Red Cross Society should not only be towards conducting medical camps and blood donations camps or extending help during calamities, but if possible they should try to engage in overcoming the conflict situation, specially the resolution of Naga political issue as the unresolved political problem has been keeping the State in conflict situation.
He expressed hope that efforts of IRCS Nagaland State in resolving the conflict situation would bring lasting peace in the State.
In this, he was of the opinion that young people have great voice and their voice needs to be channelized through Red Cross Society.
Zhimomi also suggested that the society should also involve in inculcating good values among the youngsters as HIV epidemic is still very high in the State while there are high incidences of STI among children in the age group of 10-14 years.
Another area of concern, he said was the effect of climate change which needs to be seriously mitigated.
He said Red Cross is a right movement to take up conflict issue in Naga society, while also urging the members to rejuvenate and bring about egalitarian changes in Naga society.
IRCSN vice chairman Dr S Imkong Tushi Ao chaired the programme which started with a prayer by Pastor of Chang Baptist Church Kohima, Anungla Chang. Special numbers were presented by students of Mt Sinai Higher Secondary School and Bayavü Hill High School. IRCSN managing committee members Kekhwewe Sekhamo and John Kath delivered the welcome address and vote of thanks respectively.
On the occasion of World Red Cross Day, Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Dimapur president and DC Dimapur Sushil Kumar Patel urged the people to be a part of the NGO and carry on the cycle of the humanitarian organization that has been continuing for decades now.
He was addressing a gathering of hundreds of students, teachers and others in the premise of Pranabananda Women’s College, Lhomithi Colony, Dimapur where he was the chief guest.
He said that over the years, RCS’s objectives have broadened and the organization need the support of the people for its survival as governments can do little, and if it cannot be a monetary support, let it be a support in kind.
Reminding the students that humans need to be beautiful to keep the planet beautiful, he asked them and others listening to him to continue the chain and that their work will be remembered for a long time.
He also appreciated the efforts of IRCS Dimapur during the flash flood across the district last year and for its regular medical camps during other times of need.
Previously, K. K. Paul, Honorary Secretary, IRCS Dimapur in his keynote address had narrated a brief history of how the society came into being while guest of honor Swami Chinmayananda Ji Maharaj expressed gratification that Pranabananda Women’s College and Pranab Vidhyapith Higher Secondary School are part of the noble organization.
Later, a free dental camp was also organized led by Dr. Dipika Jain with support from nurses of Shri Digambar Bhagwan Mahavir Charity Clinic.
Joining the rest of the world, Indian Red Cross Society, Wokha Branch (IRCSW) observed the World Red Cross Day at District Planning & Machinery Cell conference hall, Wokha with DC & chairman IRCSW, Dr Manazir Jeelani Samoon, IAS as the guest of honour.
In his address, the DC while stressing on the need and importance of having more volunteers, appealed the youths to take up the initiative to be a part of the society and get themselves enrolled to carry forward the humanitarian work. He also dwelled on the need to diversify the activities of IRCSW branch and mobilization of resources within our district to activate and to make it a more performing society in order to reach out to the unreached people. He also appealed to all the head of institutions in the district to encourage their students to get enrol so as to increase membership in the district.
Speaking on the theme “Everywhere for everyone”, Rev. Fr Joseph T.T., principal & rector DBHSS Wokha said the mission of the Indian Red Cross is to inspire, encourage and initiate at all times and in all forms of humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be minimized and even prevented thereby creating congenial climate for peace and tranquillity.
Honorary secretary IRCSW Branch, Dr. K.Z. Ovung gave a brief report about the activities of Wokha branch for the year 2017-18. (Page News Service)