National Voluntary Blood Donation Day
Kerala AIDS control society (KSACS) in association with Kerala state blood transfusion council (KSBTC) organised a state level inauguration of the activities as part of the observance of national voluntary blood donation day. The inaugural function was held at Medical College Thiruvananthapuram.
The inaugural function was presided by Sri TKA Nair (adviser to erstwhile Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh). The inaugural function was also presided over by Dr.Ramesh (Project director, KSACS, Dr James - Principal Medical College, Dr. Sharmad (Medical college superintendent) Dr. Sreekumari (DME), Dr Mina (Director Model Blood bank MCH, Tvm).
The inaugural address by the chief guest emphasized the need improved efforts to make blood donation by youth a more active and recurring activity cutting across gender barriers. He emphasized the need for more improved awareness on the need for voluntary blood donation to be viewed as a noble act that helps save lives as well as sustain life in critical conditions.
Dr. Ramesh spoke on the occasion and stressed upon the need to maintain healthy lifevstyle in order to donate blood and be a life saver for a maximum of three people. The director also spoke about the need to create awareness about who are safe donors and what are the precautions to be taken before donating blood.
Yuva Krishna speaking on the occasion.
Other guests speaking on the occasion also stressed the importance of HIV testing, and also spoke at length about the need for safe practices and the ways to avoid infections if they were considering donating blood.
Dr. Thomas Mathew in his inaugural speech had mentioned the history of voluntary blood donations and spoke of the theme of this year’s event which is “Atleast donate once in a lifetime “
The young actor Yuva Krishna who was also present on the occasion of national voluntary blood donation day shared his thoughts about donations and the apprehensions of first time donors.
The session concluded with closing remarks of the Director of the Model blood bank at Trivandrum Medical college hospital, wherein she mentioned the efforts that were being taken to upgrade the facilities at the Model blood bank and the views and future plans that she intended to put in place at her institution.
The inaugural function was followed by a colorful and novel celebration of 18th birthday celebrations of few students who were also first time blood donors. The fun filled event was held at KSACS was marked by fun activities where first time donors shared their personal stories about why they thought of this out of the box idea of celebrating their birthday and also being part of a noble cause of blood donation. The donors were counseled and then lead to the blood donation centre. All those who joined us in sharing their 18th birthday were felicitated in the celebrations at KSACS. The whole team at KSACS joined them in cutting a birthday cake and sharing the joy of their celebrations and also wished them on their birthday.
Students who celebrated their 18th birthday and also donated blood on 1st October.
All the districts in Kerala organized blood donation camps in their respective districts in association with respective NSS units and other organizations that promote voluntary blood donation. Some of the districts also organized cultural activities in association with observance of Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
Some of the pictures given below are from various districts that held cultural activities as part of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day. Some of the images shared here from
Different districts where they held awareness classes and also conducted blood donation camps. In some of the districts like Thrissur there were cultural programmes that culminated in a large blood donation drives.
The Manjeri medical college conducted a poster making competition and the image below is one that one the first place.
Some of the districts tied up with local NGOs to conduct blood donation drives and also to canvas people to get themselves tested before donation.