MANGALDAI, June 16 - Dr Hiranya Kr Nath, an internationally-acclaimed academician and Associate Professor of Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA has stressed the need of digitalisation of the database of voluntary donors under each Blood Bank and disseminate it among different stakeholders through mobile apps for a sound network of donors and receivers. He was talking to this correspondent after voluntarily donating blood at the Mangaldai Blood Bank as a part of celebration of the World Blood Donors� Day.
Besides Dr Nath, NSD pass-out and young promising Bollywood actor Mrigendra Konwar and Dipjyoti Nath, a popular actor from mobile theatre �Hengul� were among the prominent figures who donated blood on this occasion. Both the popular artistes expressed their delight after donating blood and appealed to the youths of Darrang district to voluntarily donate blood and keep the only Blood Bank of the district self-sufficient for any situation of emergency.
World Blood Donors� Day was celebrated at Mangaldai on Thursday under the aegis of the Darrang District Health Society with a variety of day-long programmes like awareness procession, felicitation to prominent blood donors, seminar and voluntary blood donation. In this connection, a public function was organised at the Mangaldai Cvil Hospital building where several prominent voluntary blood donors and office bearers of local NGOs including Sekhar Mazumdar of Crystal Vision, Nityananda Goswami and Dipak Deka of �Humanity� and Nitish Kr Deb were felicitated in recognition of their selfless contribution to the society.
The function presided over by Dr Jadumani Kataki, CM&HO, Darrang deliberated on the significance of celebrating the day befitting the birth day of Dr Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize recipient scientist who discovered �Blood Group�. Several speakers including Dr Prasanta Goswami, Addl CM&HO, Dr Ramesh Ch Goswami, SDM&HO, Dr Binod Kalita, SDM&HO, Dr Daud Ali, in charge Medical Officer, Blood Bank, Mangaldai and Swarna Prabha Kalita, Principal, GNM Training School, Mangaldai among others spoke on the occasion. Earlier, on the day an awareness rally was taken out through Mangaldai town with the participation of the nursing staff, health workers, ASHA workers and others.
Meanwhile Harimon Deka, a teacher of Mangaldai College and adviser of Crystal Vision who has donated blood a record 61 times along with Pawan Sarma of Marowari Yuva Mancha, Kharupetia have made Darrang proud for being among the top donors in the State. They were greeted in a function organised jointly by the Assam State Blood Transfusion Council (ASBTC) and Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) at Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati.