Palampur: A district-level function was observed to mark World Blood Donor Day-2009 at Rotary Bhavan Palampur to honour 35 leading blood donors and organisations working for this noble cause. Speaking on the occasion, Dr V Mahajan, Blood Bank Officer, stated that millions of people around the world owe their lives to individuals they will never meet – people who donate their blood to help others, but millions more still can’t get safe blood when they need it.
Dr RK Sood, District AIDS Project Officer, Kangra, said that the World Blood Donor Day, provides a unique opportunity to thank those very special people that help and to raise awareness about the need for more support. Dr Anil Mahajan, CMO Kangra, addressing the gathering, told that this year the theme for the World Blood Donor Day was ‘Achieving 100 percent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components’. However, only 57 countries have achieved this goal. Many simply do not know about the need for blood. “The common blood groups are easily available but it is an irony that the common groups are the ones which are most commonly needed. The lifesaving message is that any healthy person from the age of 18-60 can be donor,” he said.