MANGALDAI, June 15 � A public meeting held on the occasion of the 11th World Blood Donors� Day, at the auditorium of the GNM Nursing Training School here on Saturday, appealed to all NGOs, institutions and local people of Darrang district to save the Blood Bank of the Mangaldai Civil Hospital from the crisis it has been facing since the last one year after a few cases of transfusion of HIV-positive blood created nationwide sensation.
The meeting, organised by the Blood Bank authorities in association with the Darrang District Health Society, also urged the people to transform the blood bank, which serves a population of over 17 lakh people in both Darrang and Udalguri districts, into one of the leading facilities in the State through regular and effective blood donations on a voluntary basis.
Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, Banasree Nath, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, asked the youths to make voluntary blood donation a habit. Dr Rama Kant Bora, retired senior medical officer and social worker, termed voluntary blood donation as the easiest and most valuable means to help a needy person.
The meeting, presided over by Dr Narayanshree Mudoi, Joint Director, Health Services, Darrang, was also addressed by Dr Binita Goswami, Superintendent, Civil Hospital, Mangaldai, Harimon Deka, associate professor, Mangaldai College, Dr Daud Ali, in-charge Medical Officer, Blood Bank, Swarnalata Kalita, principal, Nursing Training School, and social activist Sekhar Mazumdar.
The awareness meeting was also attended by representatives of many local NGOs including Crystal Vision, AAMSU, Construction Labour Union, Electronic Media Association, trainees of the nursing school and health workers. Officials of various blood donor organisations were felicitated on the occasion. Earlier, a procession was taken out in the town and street plays by the trainees of the nursing school were staged.