Nat’l Voluntary Blood Donor Day celebrated at MIER

Assistant Prof. Dr Urvershi Kotwal delivering lecture at MIER College of Education Jammu on Sunday.
Assistant Prof. Dr Urvershi Kotwal delivering lecture at MIER College of Education Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 2: Celebrating the National Voluntary Blood Donor Day, the co-curricular committee of MIER College organised an awareness and motivational session on blood donation on this year’s theme “Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav”, here today.
The event was organised with the aim to create a repository of voluntary blood donors who could be called upon at times of emergency. Dr Urvershi Kotwal, Assistant Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine and Blood Bank, AIIMS, Jammu was the resource person. Dr Adit Gupta, Director and Principal MIER College of Education presided over the session. HoDs, Deputy HoDs of PG and UG Departments, Principal and Vice Principal, Model Academy School along with the faculty members of the College and School attended the session.
After a welcome address by Komal Sharma, convener of the co-curricular committee, Dr Urvershi opened the session by saying that blood is the most vital part of human life and is considered to be the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person.
She explained the gap between the supply and demand of blood and said that various factors such as aging population, medical advances, increase in trauma cases, etc., have widened this gap. She comprehensively explained the blood components, their shelf life and collection procedures.
Dr. Urvershi deliberated on the types of donors namely professional, directed, voluntary, and autologous and clarified why it is important for the patient and their caretakers to prefer voluntary donors. She specified the steps of blood donation from pre-donation stage to donation stage, to post donation stage and the precautions and essentials a donor needs to follow.
She also busted many myths related to blood donation by citing various examples and urged the audience to donate blood.
Manju Wali, convener proposed a formal vote of thanks on the occasion.