Concern over rising number of accidents on NH 48
Youth advised to donate blood regularly
’Conduct awareness programmes
HASSAN: President of Hassan Zilla Panchayat C.N. Balakrishna, who inaugurated a blood donation camp at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences here on Thursday, expressed concern at the rising number of accidents on the National Highway No. 48 and suggested that blood banks should be opened at Sakleshpur and Chennarayapatna so that the lives of injured could be saved.
The highway passes through these towns which are 35 km away from Hassan.
Precious time was lost in bringing the injured from the accident spot to Hassan and sometimes they succumbed to injuries on the way, he said.
Blood banks should be opened near places prone to accidents to save the lives of injured, he said.
Mr. Balakrishna said that there was no age limit to donate blood. People aged above 60 could also donate blood if they were in good health. He advised the youth to donate blood regularly. He suggested to the District Health Officer (DHO) to conduct awareness programmes in villages on the importance of blood donation.
The blood donation camp was organised by the District Health Office, Government Nursing College, Government Employee’s Association, district branch of the Lion’s Club, Indian Red Cross Society and the State AIDS Prevention Society.
President of the District Consumer Forum Siddaiah also expressed concern at rising number of road accidents in the State. Youth should make it a mission to donate blood, he added.
Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat Shankaranarayana presided over the inauguration function.
Vice-president of the City Municipal Council Shankar and DHO Nagaraja Rao spoke.
Frequent blood donors were felicitated on the occasion. Director of the HIMS Gangadhar, Lion’s Club president A.V. Ramalingachar and member of the Indian Red Cross Society Shivanna were present.