KARNATAKA

People told to donate blood voluntarily

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: The Headquarters Assistant to the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner, Chikkathimmaiah, on Friday called upon people to come forward voluntarily to donate blood to save lives of victims of various circumstances.

He was inaugurating the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day - 2008 at Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College here, an official press release said.

The importance of blood was known to the world during the World Wars I and II, during which a large number of injured soldiers died without having access to blood, he said.

The need for blood donation had not diminished as victims of natural calamities and accidents, those undergoing surgeries and pregnant women needed blood, he added. Principal of the college Pushpa Kuttanna, who presided over the programme, said organising blood donation camps in the college would instil courage among students to voluntarily donate blood.

B.G. Anantashayana of the Rotary Misty Hills said blood donation was a sacred and unparalleled service to mankind. A healthy person in the age group of 18 to 60 could donate blood 168 times, he said. Rekha, medical officer, said there was no substitute to blood which formed naturally in human beings. Any health person could donate blood, which should be used within 35 days of the collection, Dr. Rekha said.

Other speakers were District Nodal Officer for AIDS Jnanamani Nanaiah, president of the Rotary Misty Hills Ravindra Rai and NSS Officer of the college Sridhar Hegde.