IMPHAL, June 24: The Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MACS), NSS Cell, Manipur University and State Blood Transfusion Council had observed the ‘World Blood Donor Day’ under the theme ‘Safe blood for saving mothers’ at the Centenary Hall of MU on June 24.
The program was attended by Professor HNK Sharma, vice-chancellor of MU, Dr Shailesh Kumar Chowrasai, Project Director of MACS and Professor A Meina Singh, HOD of IHBT, RIMS as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
During the program, a book titled ‘Pedagogic Perspectives in Indian Classical Dance, the Manipuri and the Bharata Natyam’ will bepublished by author P. Lilabati, Guest Lecturer of MU, Department of Dance.
In connection with the program, Dr. K. Surjit, Medical Officers, I/C Blood Bank Transfusion Unit of JNIMS has said that the Human blood is an essential element of human life with no substitute. Voluntary blood donors are the cornerstones of safe and adequate supply of blood and blood products.
He further said that the World Blood donor Day marked the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner who helped to make modern blood transfusion possible. Since then June 14 has been observed as World Blood Donor day. Despite the late observation, it is time to give something back to the one who gave life: the mothers. Unfortunately, every 8000 women died of complications related with pregnancy and child birth globally due to unavailability of safe blood for transfusion. The problem mostly occurred in the developing countries.
During the observation, regular blood donors were felicitated and encourage them to carry on further, said the medical officer.