Itanagar, Aug 03: A voluntary blood donation camp was conducted on Wednesday by Raj Bhawan along with Arunachal Voluntary Blood Donor Organisation (AVBDO), a unit of Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti, State Blood Transfusion Council, under state Directorate of Health Services, and Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan.
Gracing the occasion, governor’s wife Kavita Acharya said, “Blood donation is gift of life to a needy individual. To a donor, it is only a ten minute exercise but for a recipient, it is life. Giving the gift that cost nothing to the donor but for the recipient it means everything.”
Sharing her experiences, Acharya said that blood donation create emotional bonds amongst the people, a report from the PRO said.
She appealed to the people to come forward and donate, when and where it is required. She said that the state, at the progressive phase, lack basic facilities for blood bank and have communication bottleneck to shift patients. The patients depend on the donors.
“Let’s pledge, not to allow even a single soul to lose his or her life due to want of blood donor. Let us take a solemn pledge to donate blood at least once a year,” she exhorted.
Acharya also conveyed her deep appreciation to Ramesh Jeke and his organisation, the AVBDO. She also felicitated the State Blood Transfusion Council and Directorate of Health Services, Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society and Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar for organising the benevolent event.
Highlighting on the importance of blood donation, Jeke said that though human beings have made tremendous discoveries and inventions in Science, but they are not yet able to make the magic potion called blood.
“Human blood has no substitute. Requirement of safe blood is increasing and regular voluntary blood donations are vital for blood transfusion services. Throughout the year, there is always some need for blood in one way or the other, especially during accidents and medical emergencies. You don’t have to be superheroes to save life. You can do it be donating your blood which will be replaced with in few days,” he added.
Sharing a sad episode which he went through 10 years earlier, Jeke said that while he was donating blood in the hospital, he saw a lady crying for blood donor as her five years old daughter required for operation. He immediately went around requesting people around for blood donation but no one turn up.
As a result, the child died. This incidence stirred him deeply and thereafter he decided to work for blood donation. He was selected for National Defence Academy but left and started blood donation movement on November 26, 2008. Since then he has donated 42 times.
Jeke exhorted the people to regularly donate blood. “Change your mind set with positive approach,” he said and advised on dos and don’ts of blood donation.
Dony Taying, Assistant Director, Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society also spoke on the occasion.
Later, Governor PB Acharya also interacted with the donors. He appreciated the donors and organisers of the camp.
As many as 51 units of blood samples were collected on the occasion. 28 donors, including 11 ITBP personnel attached to Raj Bhavan led by Assistant Commandant Raviender Dahiya and Inspector Amar Pal, 19 from 138 Battalion of CRPF, Senki View, led by Anil Kumar, Second in Command and four students, Menuka Kadu, Dogin Yami, Embi Mega and Nending from Rajiv Gandhi University donated on the occasion.