Need to educate, encourage people for voluntary blood donation: J&K LG

 Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday stressed for the need to educate and encourage people for voluntary blood donations.

Sinha made these remarks while addressing the 47th annual conference of Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology– Transcon-2022 B, a government spokesperson said.

The three-day conference is being organised by ISBTI, J&K Chapter and PG Department of Immunohaematology & Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College, Jammu.

The Lt Governor congratulated the organizers for bringing together transfusion medicine specialists, eminent faculty, experts, and multiple stakeholders from across the country to discuss current trends, recent advances, and future challenges in transfusion medicine.

“One drop of blood covers entire health universe and I am confident such deliberations will enable stakeholders to refine blood transfusion services in the country,” Sinha said.

He said that the ongoing health research is more focused on reactionary treatment and the share of diagnostic research is negligible. “We have a huge responsibility to transform the ongoing medical research system and long term investment should be made for developing diagnostic kits,” he said.

The LG quoted statistics saying one out of every fourth person needs blood transfusion at some point in their life and in every two seconds someone in the country needs blood transfusion.

“There is no greater service to humanity than saving a precious life. We need to educate and encourage people for Voluntary blood donation,” he said.

Speaking on the reforms introduced in J&K’s health sector in the past three years, the Lt Governor said that under the guidance of Prime Minister, consistent efforts are being made to create better health infrastructure, resources, and reaching out to every citizen of the UT with quality and affordable health care services.

“Two AIIMS, two cancer institutes, seven new medical colleges, 15 new nursing colleges…besides universal health insurance coverage for up to Rs. five lakhs under the Ayushman Bharat-SEHAT scheme…have ensured that the people of J&K now have easy access to the best health care facilities,” he said.

Dr. TR Raina, Organizing Chairman, Transcon 2022, while speaking on the occasion highlighted the aims and objectives behind the National Conference. He shared the vision of ISBTI to achieve 100% Voluntary Blood Donation.

During the inaugural session, experts and eminent speakers gave their views on blood donation and blood transfusion. A souvenir of the Tanscon-2022 B was also released.