IMPHAL, June 14: Health minister L. Jayentakumar Singh has today announced that the government will soon establish blood banks in the all districts of the state to reduce the sufferings of the people.
The minister made the announcement during the Blood Donor Day 2011 observation held today at the conference hall of JNIMS under the theme “More Blood More Life”. The day was jointly organised by the Manipur State AIDS Control Society and State Blood Transfusion Council, Manipur.
The programme was graced by minister, L. Jayentakumar, as the chief guest, director JNIMS Prof. PK. Das Gupta as functional president and Medical superintendent, JNIMS Dr. L. Khomdon and commissioner Health and Family welfare Moses Chalai, as the guests of honour.
Further in his chief guest speech the minister stated that there are only three blood banks in the state which are located at RIMS, JNIMS and one at Churachandpur district. He lamented that people from remote areas especially of hill districts are the ones bearing the major wrath of the scarcity of blood. Many have lost their lives due to this and the problem is still stalking the hapless people, the minister maintained.
He also stated that during his tenure as the health minister of the state he has come across various unfortunate cases including a pregnant woman from a remote part of the state who expired on her way to Imphal due to loss of blood.
The minister said that the government is aware of the situation of the shortcomings in terms of man power; infrastructure faced by the health department and added that all-out efforts are on to improved the situation.
He also maintained that the effort cannot bear fruits without the co-operation of the people.
Encouraging the need of blood donation he urged the people to be aware of the benefits that could save lives and further urges the general public to start donating blood.
Dr. Khomdon, Medical Superintendent, JNIMS, while speaking at the observation stated that there is no replacement for blood despite the advancement in computer technology.
He stressed the need of mass blood donations and drew the government’s attention to improve the misery being faced due to scarcity of blood in the state.
As a part of the observation 39 outstanding blood donors including three members of NGOs were presented with medal, certificate and citation as a mark of honour for their service.
On the other hand, the day was also organised at the RIMS Jubilee Hall wherein at least 32 volunteers donated blood as a part of the observation.