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Stress laid on voluntary blood donation movement Tribune News Service


  The need to spread voluntary blood donation movement to states lagging behind by involving the youth and networking of blood bank branches were among the main issues discussed at a two-day seminar on "Safe Blood: The need never ends" organized by the Blood Bank Society which began at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration, Sector 26, here today.


  Speaking at the function, the president of the Federation of Blood Donors Organization, Dr Debashish Gupta, said voluntary donors were the safest donors and should be encouraged.

  "The national average of blood donation is around 53 per cent but there are some states which are lagging behind. There is need to target these states to build up the movement. Our endeavour should be to phase out replacement donors and make blood donation a voluntary exercise alone," Dr Gupta stated.

  Recalling his experiences at various blood donation camps, Mr Rajan Kashyap, Information Commissioner, Punjab, said he was overwhelmed to see participation from people from all walks of society.

  "At a camp in Balachaur, a man who had lost both his arms in an accident came to donate blood while a rickshaw puller in Nawanshar is playing a big role in motivating the common man to donate blood," he added. He pointed out that there was a need to network the various blood banks to enable blood donors to obtain blood from any bank in times of need.

  Presenting the vote of thanks, Mr. Apurba Ghosh, secretary general of the Federation of Blood Donors Organisation of India, said the youths needed to be involved in popularising blood donation among the masses. He said a red revolution was the need of the hour.

  Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Kanta Swaroop Krishan, honorary general secretary of the city's Blood Bank Society, drew the attention of the delegates to the need for a master card to keep record of blood donations by an individual.


West Bengal State AIDS Prevention & Control Society


  3rd National Workshop on Voluntary Blood Donors' Motivation, Recruitment & Retention (June 14-15, 2006)
 On the occasion of the World Blood Donor Day 2006, the 3rd National Workshop on Voluntary Blood Donors' Motivation, Recruitment and Retention was held on 14-15 June 2006 at Science City auditorium, Kolkata. This was a collaborative venture between the Federation of Blood Donor Organisations of India (FBDOI) and West Bengal Voluntary Blood Donors Forum (WBVBDF) along with West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (WBSAP&CS). According to Mr. Apurba Ghosh, Secretary General, FBDOI and General Secretary, WBVBDF this two-day workshop is not only meant to motivate voluntary blood donors of India but also to generate mass awareness towards the Voluntary Blood Donation Movement all across India and particularly in West Bengal. The programme was inaugurated by Sri Partha Dey, MIC, Secondary Education and Government of West Bengal. Other guests of honour for the day include Sri Pratim Chattopadhyay, MIC, Fire & Emergency Services, Sri Anisur Rahaman, MIC, Animal Resources Development, Sri Tapan Roy, MOS, Mass Education & Library Services, Dr. K.C. Barui, DHS, West Bengal and Dr. R.S. Shukla, Project Director, WBSSAP&CS.

 
 
 
 
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