Mangaluru, June 15, 2016: Speaking at World Blood Donor Day programme organised by the district unit of IRCS, Indian Red Cross Society at Welock in Mangaluru on June 14, Tuesday; Zilla Panchayat CEO, Chief Executive Officer P I Srividya said blood donation erases the barriers of caste and community and provides an opportunity to create harmony in the society.
She said blood donation is a voluntary process and should not be considered as a business. She stated that Bolld donation holds deeper significance as one unit of blood can save three lives. There is a misconception that blood donation has an adverse impact on health of donors. CEO Srividya called upon the people to come forward and donate blood.
She said one of the reasons for maternity deaths is the shortage of blood. The problem of non-availability of blood is faced on many such occasions, she stated. She said there is a need to create awareness on safe transfusion of blood.
DMO, District Medical Officer and District Surgeon Dr H R Rajeshwari Devi said plans are on to set up a mobile blood bank and a blood transfusion centre at the district Wenlock hospital.
In his welcome address, IRCS Blood Bank Chairman Dr Sushil Jathanna said the helpline number 0824-2424788 for inquiry on availability of blood, was launched on June 14, Tuesday morning, on the premises of Lady Goschen Hospital, during the blood donation camp. He felt a need to create awareness on blood donation among the people.
Blood donors honoured : Donors who donated blood maximum number of times --- Karunakara M H (55 times), P Hariprasad (46 times), Rohan John D’Silva (36 times), Yogish Poojary (24 times) and Sandeep (21 times) --- were felicitated on the occasion. Also, the organisations which associated IRCS in conducting blood donation camps, were given mementos.
Mobile App : IRCS, Indian Red Cross Society Dakshina Kannada Blood Bank will soon launch a mobile App to connect young generation with blood bank network.
Dr. Sushil Jathanna, chairman, IRCS Blood Bank Committee, said that the app, which is in the final stage of development, will be launched in weeks. He was speaking on the sidelines of World Blood Donors Day programme held under the aegis of IRCS at Regional Advanced Pediatric Care Centre (RAPCC), Wenlock Hospital here on June 14, Tuesday evening.
He said that the mobile app is expected to attract young generation towards blood donation. "We have decided to launch an app for blood donors considering the fact that young generation is very involved in high end mobiles too. In addition, we also have plans to reach youths through social media like Facebook and Whatsapp groups," Dr. Sushil.
IRCS DK District Chairman Shantharam, Blood Bank Vice Chairman Dr Shantharam Baliga and District Surveillance Officer and IRCS Secretary Dr Rajesh were present.