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World Blood Donor Day observed
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, June 14 - Along with the rest of the world, the Assam State Blood Transfusion Council, in association with the Assam State AIDS Control Society, today observed World Blood Donor Day with a series of activities.

Prior to the central function at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), a voluntary blood donation camp was organised in the Assam Secretariat Complex (A Block), which was inaugurated by State Chief Secretary Alok Kumar. Kumar himself donated his blood to encourage the young generation to come forward for voluntary blood donation. Anurag Goel, Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Assam, Health & Family Welfare Department, and Project Director of the Assam State AIDS Control Society also donated blood along with other voluntary donors.

In his inaugural speech, the Chief Secretary urged people to come forward and donate blood voluntarily.

The central function of the day was held at the academic hall of GMCH. Principal of GMCH Dr R Talukdar, in his speech, said that a healthy adult (between 18 and 65 years of age) can donate blood in three-month intervals without facing any physical complication.

On this occasion, a total of 23 leading donors from across Assam were honoured and felicitated with memento, certificate and cash prizes for their noble gesture. Gyan Chand Jain (Billu) from Bongaigaon district was given special honour and recognition as he has donated blood voluntarily on 95 occasions till date.

Meanwhile, JCI Guwahati Queens also organised a blood donation camp at the Marwari Hospital to celebrate the occasion. JCI members, friends and families, many of them being first-time donors, donated blood. A certificate of appreciation was presented to each donor.

Integra Ventures, a consulting firm in the diversified healthcare industry, in association with the Dispur Hospitals Blood Bank also organised a blood donation camp at the hospital today. The camp witnessed active participation of local people and employees of both Integra Ventures and the Dispur Hospitals.

Jorabat Correspondent adds: The North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (NECHRI), Jorabat, also celebrated the day by organising a blood donation programme. NECHRI Managing Director Dr MN Baruah appreciated all the voluntary blood donors for their selfless service and hailed them as heroes of society. NECHRI Chief Operating Officer Dr Gitartha Roymedhi initiated the proceedings by donating his blood, followed by a group of employees of the Institute. Dr Alok Kumar Jain, pathologist of the Institute, said the blood samples collected at the event will be meant for poor patients.

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