KU observes National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

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Poster competition held to mark the event

Srinagar – “There are 45 voluntary blood donors among every 1000 population in Europe as compared to 9 among 1000 in Asian countries so it is evident shortage of blood points is there at the time of need to save precious lives,” said Dr T.K. Moza, Director Family Welfare while speaking during an awareness program cum voluntary blood donation camp organized at University of Kashmir on Monday.

Emphasizing on the need to cultivate the blood donation spirit among youth who he said have the power to change the present scenario Moza said “More and more volunteers should come forward for this noble cause and donate blood to meet the blood shortage that the world is facing today to save the precious life at the time of eventuality.”

While speaking on the theme “Somewhere someone needs you, your blood donation is precious” Dr. Rakesh Khajuria, Project Director, Jammu and Kashmir State Aids Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPCS) said “So far there is no such technology available by which blood can be manufactured, it is you the youth and the young who have to cater it to the needy. The need of the hour is to dispel the myth among masses regarding blood donation and motivate them that blood is replenish-able ingredient of our body.”

Maintaining that voluntary and regular blood donation not only meets the blood shortage but simultaneously prevents various blood transmitted diseases at the time of transfusion Khajuria said “Even 1percent of our national population is suffice to meet the shortage, if they voluntary donate blood on regular basis, but it is unfortunate that this percentage is even reluctant.”

On the occasion about 100 students belonging to different departments of the University and other institutions voluntary donated their blood with great enthusiasm.

Prof. Nilofar Khan, Dean Student Welfare, University of Kashmir in her address congratulated the students, and said that their blood could bring someone back to life.

Expressing her gratitude over the overwhelming response for this noble cause, she said such programs are more practical oriented rather than theoretic and need is to aware large masses in future.

The awareness program cum Voluntary blood donation camp was organized by the Red Ribbon club, Department of Student Welfare, Kashmir University in collaboration with J&K State Aids Prevention and Control Society, Department of Health &Medical Education Government of India, to celebrate “National Voluntary Blood Donation Day 2012.”

Students from various departments of the university and affiliated Colleges and various schools of the valley participated in the on spot poster competition on the theme “Somewhere someone needs you, your blood donation is precious “. The event was coordinated by Sahid Ali Kahn coordinator Red Ribbon Club University of Kashmir.

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