Srinagar, June 15: World Blood Donor Day 2015 was observed across the State by almost all the district units of Indian Red Cross Society, J&K Chapter. Blood donation camps and campaigns along with other activities were organized to celebrate the day.
The Blood Donor Day is observed worldwide to thank the blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourage more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. This year the day was celebrated with the theme “Thank you for saving my life”. A series of activities were organised across the State with an aim to motivate regular voluntary blood donors to continue giving the gift of life to those in need.
As part of the celebrations on the day, IRCS, J&K State Branch organised a 3-day First-aid / First Medical Responders in Srinagar for a group of 40 volunteers from the districts of Anantnag and Ganderbal. The 3-day training was inaugurated by Roma Wani, Hony. General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, J&K State. Addressing the participants, Ms. Roma Wani highlighted the role of volunteers who are trained as first-aiders and First Medical responders in providing humanitarian assistance especially during emergencies by Red Cross National Level master trainers and expert doctors from the State Health Department. She stressed the importance of Water, Sanitation, Health and Hygiene in communities and educational institutions.
During the three day training programme, various sessions were held which include information about World Red Cross, role of First Medical Responders , First –aid, cardiac and respiratory emergencies , how to deal with injuries, wounds ,bleeding, burns and the proper way of dressing and bandaging, volunteer management, role of health volunteer in disaster management , fractures, splint fixing , head injuries, spine injuries, safe handling and transportation of casualties, psycho social support , Family News Service, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, contingency planning , crisis management, and role o IT in disasters.
Advocating the World Blood Donor Day campaign, Ms. Roma Wani expressed gratitude to those voluntary blood donors who save lives of people whom they even do not know. She stressed the need tocreate wider public awareness by Red Cross volunteers for voluntary blood donations and in building donor commitment and a willingness to donate blood among the people in general and the youth in particular. The programme also aimed at including the first time donors among the youth to enlarge the donor base in the State.
2015 Kashmir Despatch