World Blood Donor Day: ‘Helping save a life is the motivation’

World Blood Donor Day: ‘Helping save a life is the motivation’

Dr. Temsu, Medical Officer and incharge of Blood Bank, District Hospital, Dimapur with the faculty and trainees of Ecentric Solution Pvt Ltd, Chumoükedima.

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 14

As Nagaland joined the observance of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, total of 110 units of blood were collected from donors by the Blood Bank, District Hospital, Dimapur.

According to Dr. Temsu Jamir, Medical Officer incharge of the Blood Bank, students and faculty of Salt Christian College (25), Livingstone Higher Secondary School (20 units) and Ecentric Solutions Pvt Lt (35 units), Chumoükedima along with other voluntary donors participated to mark the day.

Around 70 units were collected on June 14, 2019.
Dr. Temsu said awareness on the concept of blood donation has improved over the years, which has reflected on the steady growth of the government’s only licensed blood bank in Dimapur district.

“Collection is increasing with each passing year. One of the reasons could be attributed to the growing number of hospitals in Dimapur and it so happens that this is the only licensed blood bank in the district. More importantly, awareness about blood donation has increased, the people have become more sensitized,” he said.

Blood Bank, Dimapur has recorded a total collection of 8500 units in 2018, which made up about 2/3rd of the state’s total collection in the year. Till June 14, 2019, he informed that it has collected over 4200 units. A little over ten years ago, total collection a year ranged from 800-1000 units.

‘Doing a bit to save a life’ turned out to be the primary motivation of donors. One of the donors today, Echongthung Ezung (30 years) said that he came on his own volition.

“Initially I heard misconceptions about blood donation. But turns out it was all unsubstantiated. Donating blood by a fit person is not harmful to the body, blood regenerates. Contributing towards saving someone else’s life is my motivation,” he said.

His friend Nongothung Tungoe (31 years) said that he was not aware the day was World Blood Donor Day. A first-time donor, he said that he came to the Blood Bank to donate blood to an elderly woman. “I heard about an ailing elderly woman, who needs blood. I do not know her. I just wanted to help,” he said.

World Blood Donor Day was also observed at Mount Olive College, Kohima. The programme was organised by Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) in collaboration with Red Ribbon Club and Mount Olive College, Kohima. Altogether 28 donors including teachers, VBDAK members and students donated their blood.

In Peren district, the event was observed at St. Xavier’s College, Jalukie town. The programme was organized by the District AIDS Prevention Control Unit (DAPCU) Peren in collaboration with the Red Ribbon Club (RRC), St. Xavier’s College, Jalukie.

A total 26 students led by the college Principal donated blood and blood donors list was prepared for future donation.