IMPHAL, August 29: The Yaiskul Block Youth Congress Committee organized a One Day Blood Donation Awareness Camp at its office premise at Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak today.
The function was attended by Yaiskul MLA, E Chand Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Imphal East, Dr Momota Mukherjee, DD DAPCU & Blood Safety, MACS, Dr LR Kom, and medical officer, Blood Bank & Transfusion Unit, JNIMS, Dr K Surjit as the chief guest, president, guest of honour and resource person respectively.
Speaking at the function MLA E Chand said that in the present context of Manipur, blood donation is highly needed. There is no harm in donating blood but it will only save lives. And also there is no difference in caste, creed or religion while donating blood, blood is same for everyone, he said.
He also said there is more value in donating blood then donating money.
“This act of blood donation will bring love and care among us. It is a very noble act to be able to donate blood”, he added.
He further appealed the camp to spread the knowledge they have gained during the awareness programme.
Dr L R Kom speaking at the function explained the gathering about the present status of blood requirement in the state and other neighbouring states.
He said that the amount of blood needed for a state is one percent of the total population. Manipur having a population of around 27 lakh needs 27 thousand unit of blood.
He continued that there are only three blood banks in the state i.e. at Churachandpur, RIMS hospital and JNIMS, whereas our neighbouring state Nagaland has eleven blood banks.
Other states like Tripura have more than the requirement and it can even supply to other states if needed, Sikkim also has above its requirement and Mizoram has 90 percent of its requirement, he said.
He further continued that there have been steps taken up to meet the demands of blood in the state. A blood bank will be opened up shorty at Thoubal District hospital.
There are also provisions to open a blood bank at Senapati District hospital and to set-up blood banks at Shija hospital and elsewhere on a public-private-partnership model. And we are also targeting to set-up a blood bank at Moreh but the needed rooms have been occupied by security personnel, he added.
Other speakers who spoke during the function also imparted their knowledge on the need of donating blood and encouraged the gathering to do so.