With the aim of addressing the pressing shortage of blood units in the region, the Assam Rifles, in collaboration with the Zila Sainik Board and the Ex Service Men League of Mokokchung, organized a blood donation camp in Mokokchung town on 14 June, coinciding with the celebration of World Blood Donor Day. The event aimed to collect and provide blood units for critical patients, pregnant women, and individuals with rare blood groups who face difficulties during emergencies.

 

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During the inaugural program of the camp, Molo Jamir, President of the Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association, Mokokchung, shed light on the concerning statistics surrounding blood donations in the area. He revealed that the monthly requirement for blood units in Mokokchung ranges from 150 to 200 units, whereas the voluntary donations received fall significantly short, amounting to only 50 to 60 units. This shortage reveals the urgent need for increased participation in blood donation drives to meet the growing demand for blood and save lives, he said.

 

Jamir emphasized the importance of World Blood Donor Day, highlighting this year’s theme, “Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often.” He expressed his gratitude to the Assam Rifles for their unwavering support in donating blood on various occasions, acknowledging their significant contribution to the cause.

 

Chumlamo Humtsoe, ADC Mokokchung and the special guest at the event, stressed the significance of blood donation and extended his appreciation and gratitude to the volunteers for their noble cause. He emphasized the adage “it is better to give than to receive,” encouraging participants to leave with a profound sense of fulfillment, knowing that their contributions would make a lasting difference in the lives of their fellow community members.

 

The blood donation camp, held at the Hentry Auditorium of the 12th Daredevils, Mokokchung Battalion of the Assam Rifles, successfully collected a total of 15 units of life-saving blood. The event showcased the community’s commitment to addressing the blood shortage and providing support to those in need.

 

In another simultaneous effort, the Voluntary Blood Donor’s Association organized an additional blood donation camp at CHC, Tuli, where a commendable total of 22 units were donated for the noble cause.

 

The combined efforts of the Assam Rifles, the Zila Sainik Board, the Ex Service Men League of Mokokchung, and the Voluntary Blood Donors Association have highlighted the urgent need for increased blood donations in Mokokchung. The event served as a reminder to the community of the significance of their participation in saving lives through regular blood donations. It is hoped that such initiatives will inspire more individuals to come forward and contribute to the noble cause, ensuring a steady and sufficient supply of blood units for those in need.

 

Kohima: Increased awareness and participation urged

Meanwhile, Kohima commemorated World Blood Donor Day on 14 June in a joint effort by the Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association, Kohima, and the Health & Family Welfare Department.

 

Dr Akuo Sorhie, the Project Director of NSACS, stressed the vital role of voluntary blood donation in meeting the needs of patients with lifelong conditions such as Sickle cell Anemia and Thalassemia. She also emphasized the significance of voluntary plasma donation in supporting individuals with long-term ailments like haemophilia and immune deficiencies. Dr Sorhie acknowledged the existing fear and ignorance surrounding blood donation within the Naga community and called for aggressive intervention to educate and change people’s mindset.

 

This year’s campaign focused on several objectives. Firstly, it aimed to celebrate and express gratitude to individuals who selflessly donate blood while encouraging more people to join the cause. Additionally, the campaign sought to motivate healthy individuals to donate blood regularly, ensuring a steady supply for transfusion-dependent patients and contributing to a secure blood stock in the state.

 

Dr Vibeituonuo M Sachu, the Principal Director of DH&FW, revealed the slogan for the 2023 World Blood Donor Day campaign: “Give Blood, give plasma, share life, share often.” The slogan underscored the indispensable support required by patients reliant on lifelong transfusion treatments and highlighted the individual responsibility in contributing to a safe and sustainable blood supply. Dr Sachu urged everyone present to discover their blood group through testing, enabling them to donate during emergencies or through mobile blood banks.

 

Colonel SSB Sharma, the Commandant Officer of Kohima Battalion, Assam Rifles, highlighted the profound impact of sharing blood in fostering humanity and saving multiple lives. He noted the ever-present need for blood and emphasized the crucial role of timely intervention through blood donation. Colonel Sharma proudly shared that Kohima Battalion, AR had 117 blood donors over the past two years and encouraged the public to volunteer and donate blood, emphasizing the potential to save lives.

 

As part of the event, Hikali Achumi, Miss Nagaland 2022, presented tokens of appreciation to the blood donors, recognizing their selfless contributions and inspiring others to follow their example.

 

Mokokchung Times

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