With the beginning of festive season, a state of scarcity of blood gets formed in the society every year. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Chhath, Eid, etc creates an environment of happiness, enjoyment among the families of society. Every individual and community has their own way of celebration. These festivals refresh people from their daily life. People, too, get in festive mood and celebrate leaving behind their sorrows, works, etc. People visit their elders and relatives, receive and offer blessings, share greeting among friends. The situation at the blood bank during these festivals is very agonizing due to inadequate blood. During festivals, people drink alcoholic beverages heavily and drive vehicle causing the increment of road accidents. Similarly, to celebrate with their dear one’s, people travel to their home town and other places during this season, ultimately this affect the number of regular blood donors. Blood donation drives, too, are not organized on regular intervals during this period. All these create a state of scarcity of blood, which ultimately affect several lives. Besides, many regular blood donors drink alcohol which makes them unfit to donate blood. It also gets difficult to convince the blood donors to donate blood as they are having a quality time with their family. Blood banks too seem to be careless regarding this issue. The works of blood banks seems to be unsatisfied. They don’t encourage and advocate other organizations to carryout blood donation camps in time. In these circumstances, they contact other branches to assist the need of blood. Blood donation camps are organized before the beginning of these festivals so that the shortage of blood doesn’t occur. But all these effort still doesn’t seem enough to remove the dearth of blood from the society. Let’s hope the scenario gets changed in the upcoming days!
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Editorial – Blood Services
In Nepal, the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) began to provide institution based Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) through the Department of Pathology at Bir Hospital of Kathmandu in 1964 and the first BTS was established as Laxmi Blood Bank in 1966. During the beginning, BTS in Nepal was available only in Kathmandu but over the years, it has been expanded to 70 BTS Centers (BTSC) in 50 of the 75 districts of the country according to a study in 2011. In the initial years, the service was made possible through collection of blood from professional donors but since 1982 collection of blood was emphasized from voluntary non-remunerated donors only. But later attempts were made to and are being made to collect blood from different sectors like schools, colleges, offices and others. Today after all through these years blood is collected from these sectors through regular motivation and encouraging campaigns. Government of Nepal has declared Nepal Red Cross Society as the only institution to carryout Blood Transfusion Service. Continue reading “YFB Newsletter 4”
Road accident cases seem to be increasing at a high rate, despite the fact we have modern and scientific rules and regulation for road safety. Lots of people are losing their life in road accidents. In a country like ours poor roads, ill-managed vehicles, improper and rash driving, highway being the sites for play of children and inadequate teaching of traffic rules to drivers and pedestrian as well as its inadequate incorporation in school curriculum are the major root causes leading to increased road accidents. Narrow and poor conditions of roads
are likely to be a headache for the mass. In most of the cases, drivers are held responsible for the accident but this is not the
truth. Pedestrian or the poor roads or lack of traffic lights are also to be blamed. The public doesn’t feel secured while travelling on roads even though Traffic Police has been running several programs to control these accidents. It’s high time to think seriously and take strong steps to prevent these accidents else everyday a family will be losing their beloved ones. Moreover, drinking alcohol and driving vehicles also leads to
major accidents. To a surprise, the cases related to it are at a rise though Traffic Police has launched campaigns to stop it. Its ignorance and carelessness of the people that these cases are increasing day by day. Moreover, high speed vehicles and lack of zebra crossing are also the causes behind. Hence, existing laws must be strictly implemented. A curriculum regarding the use of traffic rules must be included at school level. Different programs must be organized at community level to increase the awareness level among the people.
Editor, YFB Newsletter
Welcome all! on the first issue of our newsletter. Please conclude this as our initial try. We are publishing our weekly newsletter. In this first edition, we have covered news and events of this entire August month . We are publishing this news letter to inform you all about every events, participation, coordination programs and many more held by Youth For Blood throughout the nation. We hope this will fill the gap in between Board members of YFB, volunteers, Blood donors and our well wishers. I would like to thank my editorial team and reporters from different branches of YFB without whom this would not have been possible .
Hope this brings a positive wave in you all and we expect the same support and energetic Participation from you all for further editions.