Bhubaneswar, 14/6 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “To achieve the requirement of blood in the state, awareness should be created among public on voluntary blood donation by all concerns”, said Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Minister, Health & Family Welfare, I &PR. and Chairman, Working Committee, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch while inaugurating the state level function organised by Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch (IRCS-OSB), Bhubaneswar State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC), Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) to celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) – 2014.
Addressing the function, Minister assured that transparency would be maintained in the blood sector in the state.
Shrikant Kabi, Project Director, OSACS joined as guest of honour in the state level celebration and highlighted on the objectives of the event.
Dr. Mangala Prasad Mohanty, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB presided over the function and highlighted about various achievements of Govt. and Red Cross initiatives in the blood sector.
Dr. Rajalaxmi Mohanty, Director, SBTC extended the welcome address in this occasion.
On the occasion, 16 regular voluntary unpaid blood donors (Jogendra Behera, Susama Gadnayak, Sai Prakash, Biraja Laxmi Pattnaik, Chandra Sekhar Majhi, Priyanka Jaysingh, Ishwar Chandra Khuntia, Silpa Sripada, Atif Alam, Madhumita Panigrahi, Soumya Ranjan Patra, Krushna Das, Alok Ranjan Dash, Jyoshna Sahoo, Sukant Kumar Pradhan) from Angul, Cuttack, Dhenknal, Khordha, Koraput, Sambalpur, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagrah districts who have donated highest units of blood in the year 2013 were felicitated by the Chief Guest in the State Level function.
Dr. Sarita Supkar coordinated the programme and offered the vote of thanks.
On this occasion, a Photo Exhibition and Voluntary Blood Donation Camp were organized at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar.
Notably, World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) – 2014 has been celebrated marking the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize Winner, who discovered the ABO blood group system. The day provides the opportunity to express gratitude to those, who donate their blood in order to save lives, without expecting anything in return. It is also a day to raise awareness on the need for safe blood & blood products and to thank the voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. This year’s Theme is: “Safe blood for saving mothers”. The theme reinforces to encourage awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essentials for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths. Every day, about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years of age. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability.
Blood is not only needed to save lives in times of emergencies but also to sustain the lives of patients who require regular blood transfusion such as the leukemia patients, the hemophiliacs, the Thalassemia patients & also patients undergoing major surgery and the victims of road accidents etc.