Blood donation is best way of serving mankind: Dr Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that in view of Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions due to lock-down and apprehension about hospital environment, there had been a significant decline in number of voluntary donations and blood donation camps.
He was speaking after inaugurating a voluntary blood donation campaign organised by AIIMS on the eve of Independence Day, dedicated to both soldiers as well as Covid warriors who lost their life while safeguarding the country and its citizens.
Highlighting the importance of voluntary blood donation, he said “Blood is required for emergency surgeries, blood disorders like thalassemia, blood cancers and road traffic accidents and trauma cases. Hence the best way to serve human kind is voluntary blood donation”. He appealed that all Indians must honour the
sacrifices of our warriors by contributing in some way in our daily lives to spread joy.
Two families were invited as guests of honour — the family of late Covid warrior Hiralal, a frontline health worker at AIIMS and family members of Kargil martyr Lance Naik Rajbir Singh — were honoured for their sacrifice, an officaila release here said.
He said we must remember the ultimate sacrifice made by the Covid warriors including doctors, nurses or paramedical staff while saving people’s lives in the pandemic.
Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the blood donation camp by cutting the ribbon and lighting the lamp along with Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS and other senior doctors. He interacted with the blood donors and awarded them certificates for contributing to the blood donation drive. He encouraged the doctors and healthcare workers themselves to come up in large numbers to donate blood and save lives of patients.
The minister also expressed satisfaction that all precautions were being ensured at the camp including arrangement of face shield, masks, and gloves.
Various faculty and voluntary blood donors were present at the event.