|Tributes paid to martyrs by donating blood|
MANGALDAI, Aug 16 - In an effort to mark the 73rd Independence Day in a novel manner, Crystal Vision here, which is a leading local non-government organisation, in association with Darrang district Health Department, district administration and Assam State Blood Transfusion Council organised a mobile blood donation camp-cum-awareness programme on Wednesday.
There was tremendous enthusiasm from voluntary donors of all sections of the society cutting across barriers of age, gender and profession amidst the festive environment inside the highly sophisticated blood collection bus of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO).
The mobile camp which began at Mangaldai with the registration of 30 donors subsequently shifted to Dipila at the south west corner of the district where another camp was held with the help of local NGO Inner Vision.
This camp also evinced sound response as a total of 35 donors donated blood as a mark of tribute to the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs of our freedom struggle.
Meanwhile, talking to this Correspondent, Manabendra Baruah, the secretary of Crystal Vision said, “Altogether, 65 voluntary donors, including NGO members, former student leaders, traders, teachers, officers and staff from police and the civil administration, drivers and other officials and young ladies donated blood and shared their unique experience. However, more than a dozen prospective donors had to be left out due to time factor.”
The organisers greeted the voluntary blood donors with a letter of appreciation and a sapling.
Earlier, Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Dass ceremonially launched the programme in Mangaldai District Library in the presence of several prominent persons, including Additional Deputy Commissioners Kulen Sarma and Navajyoti Oja, Joint Director of Health Services Dr Ruplal Nunisa, Sub Divisional Medical and Health Officer Dr Nirmal Kumar Beriya, incharge Medical Officer of Mangaldai Blood Bank Dr Daud Ali, Divisional Forest Officer of Mangaldai Wildlife Division Ramesh Chandra Gogoi and prominent entrepreneur Rajiv Kumar Deka, among others.
The inauguration of blood donation camp was followed by an awareness meeting and mass signature campaign against use of drugs and tobacco while awareness street plays in different public places marked the daylong celebration.