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World Blood Donor Day : CM urges for increasing voluntary blood donor base
PHOTO : CM Manik Sarkar giving award to the IG TSR TB Roy in World Blood Donor Day.TIWN Pic June 14

AGARTALA, June 14 (TIWN): Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday urged for bringing increasing the voluntary blood donor base in the state to tackle with the growing need of blood. Regular donors are exceeding maximum age limit to donate blood; new donors are urgently needed, he said.

Addressing the state level programme to mark World Blood Donor Day and birth anniversary of Dr. Karl Landsteiner at Agartala Town Hall this morning, the Chief Minister said that blood collected through voluntary donation had a steep climb from 92.72 percent in 2012-2013 to 98.67 percent in the last financial year.

“We achieved this success through a set of strategic programmes after the voluntary blood donation figures dropped from 94.47 percent in 2011-2012 to 92.72 percent in 2012-2013”, Chief Minister Sarkar said. He said that despite rise in blood donation last year, barely 1 percent of the total population eligible of donating blood and diagnosed as ‘free from diseases’ donated blood in the timeframe.

The figures of voluntary blood donation in Tripura had a steady decline from 96.50 percent of the total requirement of blood in Tripura in 201-2011. The figure stood at 95.33 percent in 2009-2010.

Stating that a large number of regular voluntary blood donors are reported to be exceeding rhe maximum permissible age limit of 65 allowed to donate blood, there is a strong need to create new blood donors. “We must tap the unexplored sectors like Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools, colleges, universities, technical institutes etc”, Sarkar said. He urged the Tripura Police authorities to extend sensitization for blood donation to BSF, CRPF and Army jawans as well.

Token awards were given to the Tripura Police, Tripura State Rifles, Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Students Federation of India (SFI), Ramakrishna Mission - Agartala, NSS, Agartala Municipal Corporation, Tripura Government Employees Association (TGEA) and other social service organizations today as recognition to their contribution in the field of blood donation over the past one year.

Speaking about blood donation in educational instiutuitions, Sarkar said that though schools might not have many students eligible to donate blood, the sensitization would be a huge impetous for the days to come. He urged the NSS authorities to extend blood donation activities in colleges and universities of the state as well.

“We have got nearly 40 colleges including government degree colleges, technical institutes like the NIT, TIT, ITIs, State Agriculture College, State Veterinary College, College of Fisheries etc. There is an urgent need to bring students from these institutes under the cover of voluntary blood donation”, the Chief Minister said.

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