ASACS observes Voluntary Blood Donation Day
Assam State AIDS Control Society and Assam State Blood Transfusion Council observed National Voluntary Blood Donation Day (NVBDD) on October 1, 2016 at the conference hall of State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Khanapara, Guwahati. This year, the theme of NVBDD is ‘Donate blood, it’s about life’. Welcoming the participants in the meeting, ASACS Project Director, Manvendra Pratap Singh, IAS, said, “To ensure safe blood availability , voluntary blood donation needs to increase up to 100 per cent of total blood units collected through awareness amongst donors.” He also indicated that Assam is far behind in increasing awareness among the people. Therefore, the percentage of VBD in Assam is 57 per cent in comparison to other Northeastern states where it is 100 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh and 97 per cent in Tripura, he said.

Explaining the significance of the day, Deputy Director, Blood Transfusion Services, ASACS, Dr PK Barooah said, “Voluntary blood donation is possible if a person is self motivated to donate blood for which awareness and knowledge are required.” He further said, “The existing physical structure including transfusion equipment of the blood banks will be upgraded.” He also explained the grassroot level techniques to motivate blood donors.

Commissioner to the Govt of Assam, Dept of Health & Family Welfare, Samir Kr Sinha,IAS, said, “ We know the price of blood when we require the same. So, all the voluntary organizations must come forward to donate blood. This initiative needs public support, otherwise it will fail,” adding, “Every voluntary donor must be projected as a hero. Voluntary blood donation must not be confined to the urban areas only. It should be a social movement. There must be a common platform for all agencies, a roadmap and a design and a designated task for everyone.”

Principal of Guwahati Medical College Hospital, Dr AK Adhikari stressed on newer technologies which should be available in future like pathogenfree blood and blood products for the needy patients. Director of Health Services, Govt of Assam, Dr Ratin Bhuyan also stressed on the necessity to increase the voluntary blood donation for which focus must be on peripheries. Deputy General Manager, Luminous Infoways Pvt Ltd, Tapan Kr Bhol, who is developing the e-Blood Banking system for Blood Transfusion Services, said that with the introduction of the e-Blood Banking system, the general public will be able to locate blood banks along with the availability of blood.

Altogether 10 voluntary blood donor organizations were felicitated with cash prizes and certificates for their contribution in organizing VBD camps and donating blood. Barak Valley Voluntary Blood Donation Forum, Silchar, Cachar, Assam was awarded with the first prize for collecting 1488 units of blood.

Sl No.
Rank of Prize
Name of Organizations
Units Collected
Amount
1
1st Prize
Barak Valley Voluntary Blood Donor Forum, Silchar, Cachar 1488 1,00,000.00
2
2nd Prize
Purbottar Pradesiya Marwari Yuva Manch 875 60,000.00
3
3rd Prize
Akhil Bharatiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad 706 40,000.00
4
4th Prize
HDFC Bank Ltd, Assam 436 10,000.00
5
5th Prize
IIT, Guwahati, North Guwahati, Kamrup, Assam 398 10,000.00
6
6th Prize
NIT, Silchar, Cachar 332 10,000.00
7
7th Prize
Member Secretary, H.M.S., GMCH, Ghy - 32 308 10,000.00
8
8th Prize
G.C. College, Silchar, Cachar, Assam 265 10,000.00
9
9th Prize
Sant Nirankari Mandal, Assam 203 10,000.00
10
10th Prize
Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh 195 10,000.00


Blood Donation during last 2 (two) years
Blood Donation in All Type of Blood Banks
Year
No. of Blood Banks
Voluntary Blood Donation
Replacement Blood Donation
Total
% of Voluntary Donation
No. of Blood Donation Camps Organized
2015 - 2016
66
118190
95785
213975
55%
461
2016 - 2017
(April to August)
65
46716
42709
89425
52%
186
 
Blood Donation in NACO Supported  Blood Banks
2015 - 2016
No. of Blood Banks
Voluntary Blood Donation
Replacement Blood Donation
Total
% of Voluntary Donation
No. of Blood Donation Camps Organized
2016 - 2017
(April to August)
26
94794
46931
141725
67%
437
2016 - 2017
(April to August)
26
37421
22143
59564
63%
172
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