Aizawl: As much as 26,248 units of blood have been donated in Mizoram during the fiscal 2017 – 2018 and of this voluntary blood donation accounted 83.36 per cent (21,880 units), Association for Voluntary Blood Donation (AVBD) general secretary Lalrinkima said during the observance of National voluntary blood donation day in Aizawl on Monday.
Of the 21,880 units of blood given under voluntary donation, 15,601 units (59.44%) were donated by various associations and youths of different churches, while 6,279 units (23.92%) were donated by individual donors, he said.
Lalrinkima said that efforts are on to achieve 100 per cent voluntary blood donation in near future.
According to him, during the current fiscal from April to August, at least 11,461 units of blood have been donated in various hospitals. Of this, voluntary donation accounted 83.20 per cent (9,532 units) and mass voluntary blood donation camps have been organized on 183 occasions during the same period.
Organised by Mizoram States AIDS Control Society (MSACS) in association with Association for Voluntary Blood Donation (AVBD), National Voluntary Blood Donation Day was observed on Monday with a theme “Happiness is donating blood” in different parts of Mizoram during which mass voluntary blood donation was organized in various colleges across the state.
In Aizawl, the observance of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day was held at Hrangbana College.
National Health Mission (NHM) director Dr Lalrozama graced the event as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion Lalrozama urged the youths to come forward for more voluntary blood donation.
He said that one has to maintain healthy life and abstain from drugs and sexual immorality in order to be a donor.
He added that massive effort should be taken to achieve 100 per cent voluntary blood donation in the state.
AVBD president C Lalnunnema, who attended the event emphasized on the need for regular donor despite the growing consciousness among youths and NGOs to organize mass voluntary blood donation camp.
He expressed happiness for increasing number of female donors since recently.
According to Lalnunnema, of the 83 per cent voluntary blood donation, 30 per cent came from female donors which crossed the national average of 5 per cent.
MSACS Project Director Dr Lalmalsawmi Sailo, who chaired the function also emphasized on the need for spreading awareness about donating clean blood.
As per latest information till this report is filed, 200 youths including 66 females donated their bloods in Aizawl, 87 people including 36 females in Lunglei and 27 youths comprising 24 males and 3 females donated their blood in Siaha on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.