Gangtok, 15 Jun:
Sikkim State Blood Transfusion Council and Sikkim State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Voluntary Blood Donors Association of Sikkim jointly observed the World Blood Donor Day with the theme “Be there for someone else, Give Blood, Share Life” at the premises of Sir Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School in Gangtok on 14 Jun, a press release informs.
It may be mentioned here, World Blood Donor Day is also commemorated as the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, a scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group. The day is also an opportunity to make people aware about the need of safe blood transfusion as well as importance of blood donation throughout the world.
Governor Shriniwas Patil attended the function as chief guest along with Commissioner cum Secretary, Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department, Vishal Chauhan, as guest of honour.
During the programme, the Governor felicitated nine individuals and four organisations as a token of appreciation for regularly donating blood voluntarily, the release adds.
Among the individuals felicitated were Dr Chintamani Sharma [Consultant, Central Blood Bank, STNM Hospital], Dr Anju Rai [Senior Blood Bank Officer, District Hospital Namchi], Subash Koirala, Jikmee Norbu Bhutia, Manisha Rai, Ramesh Gazmer, Suraj Rai, Binod Chettri and Shyamu Chettri.
Nehru Yuva Kendra [Namchi Branch], Awaken Youth Association of Chumbung [West Sikkim], Marwari Yuva Manch [Gangtok] and Interact Club of West Point Senior Secondary School [Gangtok] were the associations that were felicitated.
The Governor, in his address, emphasized that blood donation is the most significant contribution a person can make to the society.
“It is not harmful as the blood you give is regenerated in your body within few days, it does not affect your metabolism,” he added.
He further urged the youth of Sikkim to make the noble act of voluntary blood donation a habit.
Commissioner cum Secretary, Mr Chauhan, also stressed on voluntary blood donation and emphasised that in the year 2017-2018, the total collection of blood was 6301 units of which 4935 units [78%] were collected from voluntary donors and hence stressed that 100% is achieved only through voluntary blood donation.
Earlier, Director [Health Services] cum Director [SSBTC], Dr Uttam Pradhan, in his welcome address, enlightened the gathering on the importance of the day and also informed that the day is marked as a celebration to thank and encourage regular voluntary blood donors.
Consultant, Central Blood Bank, STNM Hospital, Dr Sharma, shared his experience as a blood donor motivator and a donor and informed that people were more motivated to donate blood as compared to 10 years ago.
He said that he was motivated to be a donor after seeing poor patients facing hardships when their loved ones needed blood during emergencies. The Blood Banks now do not face problems in supplying tested blood units during emergencies, he said. He also thanked the innumerable donors who come forward and donate blood.