Greater Jorhat Lions blood bank a project of Lions club of Jorhat greater was today inaugurated by Paban Singh Ghatowar, Honourable Minister of DoNER in presence of Rana Goswami, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Assam at Sonali Jayanti Nagar in Jorhat today.
Speaking on the occasion, Paban Singh Ghatowar laid emphasis on the need to deliver blood to clinical patient and stressed on the importance of blood essential to save a life at the time of distress. While congratulating the Lions club of Jorhat for undertaking such a noble project, he underlined that, “the DoNER ministry will definitely think over the proposal submitted by the Greater Jorhat Lions Club for financial assistance to meet the second phase of installation which is valued at more than fifty Lakhs”.
Talking to Times of Assam, Raman Bordoloi a noted businessman and trustee of the Lions Club said, “This blood bank’s unique feature is the separation unit which is the first of its kind in upper Assam and is likely to be completed in the second phase. It will separate RBC/Platelet and Plasma from the blood of healthy donors and would be stored and distributed to patients coming in with such special requirements. The blood bank will cater to the needs of not only the people of Assam but also from the adjoining areas of Arunachal and Nagaland”.
While the Blood bank is presently having a holding capacity of 500 units of blood, this number is likely to increase in the future and patients will get an uninterrupted supply of germ and disease free blood. The most important aspect of the blood bank is to bar professional donors who donate blood for earning a few bucks. As this is a replacement bank, anyone on a deposit of rupees six hundred can give his blood and take in return a rare group of blood on producing a requisition slip from the hospital/nursing homes and blood sample of the patient. For those who are medically unfit to replace blood has the option to pay Rupees twelve hundred and take a unit of blood and will get a fifteen days time to come and replace the blood with any known person and take back six hundred rupees. That means from now on any professional donor without medical credentials cannot give blood to earn money. The blood is tested for HIV/Hepatitis B-C, Malaria and VDRL and certified to be ok before transfusion.
The sole motive of this strict policy is create a database of voluntary donors whose blood would serve as life giver unlike life taker where untested blood infused into a patient often leads him to serious medical ailments and finally death.
Constructed at a cost of one crore, the land was donated by JDA (Jorhat Development Authority) and an interim relief of twenty six lakhs from the Lions Club International Foundation (Chicago) and donations from prominent businessman and business establishments of Jorhat like MD Khaitan Group Memorial Trust of 5 Lakhs, Mathurananda Memorial Trust of 2 Lakhs, Ajoy Dutta in his father’s name another 2 Lakhs and others. While a major part of the money was raised in the last twelve years since the establishment of Lions Club in Jorhat by fund raising charity program from the public time to time.
Interestingly the first voluntary donor of today’s inauguration ceremony was Bishu Saha Photo Journalist of a Hindi Vernacular daily.