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14 June 2015: The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) under the aegis of National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) and in collaboration with Department of Transfusion Medicine Apollo Hospitals and partnership with donor agencies, professional agencies observed “World Blood Donor Day” on 14th June, at Central park, Connaught place , New Delhi.
The World Blood Donor is celebrated globally every year on 14th June, the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, who had discovered the ABO blood group system. The day is to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood and also motivate those in good health but never given blood to start donation now.
The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Thank you for saving my life” It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.”
Sh. Jagat Prakash Nadda, Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India was the Chief Guest. He announced setting up of Metro Blood Bank Centres of Excellence for Transfusion medicine for BTS at Delhi and Chennai at a cost of Rs 454 cr for both. These centres are high volume blood collection centres where there is stage of the art technology in Transfusion medicine for component separation, processing of blood and quality systems. The excess of plasma generated will be sent for fractionation and help to produce life saving costly plasma derived medicines like albumin, clotting factors etc, for which the country presently relies on imports.
Dr RN Makroo, Director, Transfusion Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and Founder & president of ‘Blood for All’ said that there is a great need for voluntary blood donation in our country. We need to bring about a ‘Rakth Kranti’ in order to get regular and repeat voluntary blood donors to save lives. No lives should be lost for the want of Blood in our country. A street play on the promotion of Voluntary blood donations was also depicted by Department of Transfusion Medicine and staff members of Apollo Hospitals Delhi at the event. Blood for all was also one of the organizations who had contributed through use of technology for promotion of voluntary blood donation were also felicitated on the occasion by Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Dr RS Gupta DDG (NACO) gave the vote of thanks to all the participants on the occasion.