JORHAT, Dec 20 - State Assembly Speaker and Jorhat MLA Hitendra Nath Goswami on Sunday inaugurated the �Whole blood separation unit� installed at the Greater Jorhat Lions Blood Bank at Lions Club of Jorhat Greater building at Sonali Jayanti Nagar here.
The blood separation unit is likely to be the first of its kind by a non-Government organisation in Upper Assam.
It may be mentioned here that the Greater Lions Blood Bank is a project of the Lions Club of Jorhat Greater operating on a no-profit no-loss basis since September 2012.
Roman Bordoloi, a former district governor of Lions district 322D and one of the trustees of the blood bank, who anchored the inaugural function, said that the separation unit will separate whole blood into two components � fluid and ingredients � and supply to people according to their requirements.
Bordoloi said that the separation unit had been set up at a cost of Rs 80 lakh that was arranged by contributions by the club, donations by generous people and by way of fund-raising events.
In the function which was presided over by the president of Lions Club of Jorhat Greater, Ashok Gattani, Speaker HN Goswami announced alloting Rs 15 lakh from Government sources (funds) for procuring a blood collection van by the club. The van, estimated to cost over Rs 25 lakh, will enable the blood bank to organise blood donation camps across or outside the district.
Goswami praised the role played by voluntary organisations like Lions Club across the world in serving the needy by undertaking projects in health and social sectors.
Dr Animesh Baruah, Managing Trustee and Medical Director of Greater Jorhat Lions Blood Bank, Dr Rima Sarmah Baruah, vice district governor I of Lions district 322D, were among those who were present on the ocassion.
Later, Dr RK Hazarika, former Head of the department of Pathology, Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, delivered a speech on �Blood and blood component transfusion practice in clinical medicine�.