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Nat’l Blood Donation Day observed in Manipur
Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL,Oct 1 – With the theme, ‘Voluntary blood donation will cost you nothing, but it will save a life,’ the State observed the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day by holding a function at the DM College Multi-purpose Hall here today. The function was jointly organised by the Manipur AIDS Control Society (MACS) and the State Blood Transfusion Council. Health & Family Welfare Minister Phungzathang Tonsing, Dr Suhel Akhtar, Principal Secretary of the Health & Family Welfare Department, Shyam Lal Poonia, Project Director of the MACS, Dr W Gopimohan Singh, Superintendent of the JNIMS Hospital and Dr Ch Ibohal Singh, programme coordinator of the NSS Cell, Manipur University, were present on the occasion.

Minister Phungzathang said there are three blood banks in the State – one each at the JNIMS, RIMS and Churachandpur District Hospital. He added that construction of another blood bank is on at the Thoubal District Hospital. Appealing to young people to donate blood to save lives, the minister added that the Government is planning to open more blood banks in Moreh and Senapati towns.

There were also reports of observing the day at various places of the State. A bicycle rally to encourage young blood donors was taken out under the aegis of the Club 25 International Manipur in Imphal this morning. The rally, which was flagged off by RK Nimai, Commissioner of Arts, Culture Youth Affairs and Sports, from the western gate of the historic Kangla Fort, passed through the streets of Imphal before it converged in front of the historic Kangla Ultra Sanglen. There were around 50 participants in the rally, mostly college-going students.

Senior citizens honoured: The Senior Citizens’ Forum, Imphal East, observed the International Day of Older Persons under the theme, ‘The future we want: what older persons are saying,’ at Dharmalaya Hall, Bramhapur Nahabam, Imphal East, on October 1.

Retired IAS officer Y Radhesyam presided over the function, while Dr Yumnam Iboton, professor of medicine at the JNIMS, delivered a talk on ‘Ailments common to aged persons and care to be taken.’ Retired Command Area Development Authority Director Bachaspatimayum Haridas Sharma also delivered a talk on the occasion. Older persons were honoured with gifts at the function.

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