Itanagar, : Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) has asked the health department to make the blood bank facilities fully functional and beneficial to every needy person, even as he urged the people of the state particularly the youth and students to voluntarily donate blood and save the life of people.
The governor said this while participating at the World Red Cross Day commemoration programme at Raj Bhavan here today.
A blood donation platform was organized on the occasion by the Indian Red Cross Society, Arunachal Pradesh Branch in collaboration with Raj Bhavan, Itanagar, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh State and Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science (TRIHMS).
The Governor, who is the president of Indian Red Cross Society, Arunachal Pradesh Branch, said that World Red Cross Day is observed on the Birthday of Henry Dunant, founder of Red Cross society.
Sharing his experiences in Sri Lanka, where he commanded IPKF as Leading Brigade Commander, the Governor appreciated the spirit of volunteerism amongst the Red Cross workers. He also cited the examples of the highly dedicated volunteers of Magen David Adom (MDA), officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the national aid society of the State of Israel under the Geneva Conventions.
The Governor called upon the citizens to emulate the lofty values of the MDA volunteers in service of their people.
The Governor, who is member of the governing body of All Indian Red Cross Society, nominated by President of India, requested Dr. Vanshree Singh, Director, Blood Bank, Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, New Delhi and the Director of TRIHMS to make the blood bank facilities fully functional and beneficial to every need person.
Dr. Vanshree Singh, Director, Blood Bank, Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, New Delhi, Dr. Emi Rmni, Hony. Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Arunachal Pradesh and Ramesh Jeke, president, Junior Red Cross, Arunachal Pradesh spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, B.D. Anna and Geto Ngomdir, blood recipients and Aini Taloh, Hage Angkha and Hillang Bharat, blood Donors, shared their experiences and highlighted the significance of blood donation.
First Lady of the State, Neelam Misra, Vice Chairman, IRCS, Arunachal Pradesh, Er. Tome Ete, Secretary Health and Family Welfare cum Managing Director, National Health Mission, Ms. Juhi Mukherjee, Commandant 12th Bn NDRF, Doimukh, Umesh Kumar Thapiyal, Director, Health Service Dr. M. Lego, members of State Commission for Women, Heads of Department, officials of Directorate of Health and Family welfare, members of the State IRCS and volunteers were present on the occasion.
A large number of volunteers, including personnel from NDRF, ITBP, CRPF and State Police and NCC, NSS, Scouts and Guides, students from colleges and university, NGOs, government officials, and the public turned up to donate blood.
Out of the 120 volunteers, 103 individuals donated blood, which includes 10 ladies.
Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of Raj Bhavan Dispensary Dr. Jennifer Tayeng informed that 29 units of blood collected were A positive, 31 units were B positive, 10 units were AB positive, 31 units were O positive and 2 units were AB negative.
SMO pointed that as negative blood group are very rare and difficult to get, out of the 6 (Rh) negative volunteers, only 2 donated blood on the day and other 4 volunteers were kept as standby for emergency cases.