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World Blood Donor Day Celebrated At Technopark
School children were felicitated for conducting successful blood donation camps at schools | By Yentha
On Jun 26, 2018

Trivandrum: Terumo Penpol along with Tejus and the All Kerala Blood Donor Society celebrated the World Blood Donor’s Day at the Travancore Hall in Technopark. The objective of the event was to honour regular donors/institutions that give their relentless support to this cause and followed up with sessions on problems the donors and blood banks face.

This year’s celebration was bifurcated into compartments of two sessions. The District Collector Dr. K. Vasuki was the chief guest for the morning session. She not only spoke eloquently she showed greater intend by donating blood on the occasion. She also unveiled the logo for Vision 2020, a novel initiative to make the city self-sufficient in blood supply by the year of 2020.

The session was blessed by the presence of Dr. Shobhini Rajan, Director (NBTC) who made a thoughtful and provoking talk on the necessity of blood transfusion, Lida Jacob (former civil servant) and the CMD of Terumo Penpol C. Padmakumar.

School children who formed the major part of the audience were felicitated for conducting successful blood donation camps at schools and for motivating their parents and teachers to donate blood regularly. A regular donor is honoured if he/she has donated blood four times in the year.

The afternoon session discussed blood scarcity to how to effectively use technological advancements to counter the crisis. There was also a panel discussion on bridging the gap between Technopark and the blood banks. The session was attended by Dr. R. Ramesh, PD KSACS, G. Vijayaraghavan, founder CEO Technopark, Lida Jacob, C. Padmakumar and the blood transfusion officers from SCTIMST, MCT and RCC.

 

The session started off with the presentation by Lida Jacob on Vision 2020. She highlighted why this goal was important and urged everyone to meticulously plan so as achieve these set goals. She also spoke about the importance of having a community blood centre rather than scattered blood banks.

This was followed by an introduction of BLOODLINK, a mobile app for promoting VBD developed by Gemini Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The team brushed through the operations and advantages of having technological advancements in the field of VBD.  

A panel discussion followed, moderated by G. Vijayaraghavan, that had CSR/HR managers as participants. Most of the delegates spoke about the shortcomings they face at blood banks, the staff shortage along with the low-quality equipment. The discussion that followed was so open and sincere that the moderator himself offered his support to take up issues, that were brought up, with the higher authorities. One could hope to see greater coordination among various such organizations in the days to come.
 
 
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