Penpol Takes The Lead On World Aids Day
Positivity rates for HIV Aids infections and syphilis were less among VNRBD | By Yentha
On Nov 21, 2018

Trivandrum: Terumo Penpol, a blood bag manufacturing organization, in association with Sree Chitra College of Engg and Technology (SCTCE) is observing World Aids Day on 1 Dec at the Vyloppilly Samskruthi Bhavan.This year’s theme for World AIDS Day will be “Know your status”. The newly appointed RCC Director Dr. Rekha A Nair will be the chief guest. 

The event would have an inter-college mime competition with a prize money of Rs.5000 and other fun activities. The event would have eminent speakers talk about blood donation, Aids
and other health aspects.It is believed that repeat Voluntary Non Remunerated Blood Donors (VNRBD) are a safe group. It is also a known fact that positivity rates for HIV Aids infections and syphilis were less among VNRBD than replacement donors. Among NACO supported blood banks, more than 80 per cent was from voluntary blood donors with two thirds sourced through camps. 

The responsibility of achieving the desired goal cannot be left to the government alone. It is the responsibility of civil society and the health care fraternity as well. It is not legislation or regulatory fiats that will bring about a change in the number of regular Voluntary Non Remunerated Blood Donors. Nor is it the sole responsibility of the blood bank. Rather, the need is for a sustained grass roots level movement - with all concerned groups including the health care team being involved in a concerted effort, both in exemplary action (by being regular VNRBD themselves) and persevering in making others also see this.

Since Terumo Penpol is focusing on safe blood donation, it felt that the Corporate Sector has a crucial role to play in achieving this goal by providing support in terms of manpower and expertise in creating and conducting sustained media campaigns to encourage the public to become regular VNRBDs.
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