Chandigarh—Haryana has again shown the way, this time in collecting blood leaving others, including its neighbours straddling way behind. In what amounts to a pat on the back of its Red Cross Society has ranked first in blood collection across the country. It has collected 26,752 blood units through 560 Voluntary Blood Donation camps.
Haryana Governor, Satydeo Narain Arya who is also the President, Haryana State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society shared this while presiding over the meeting of Managing Committee of these organizations held through video conferencing at Haryana Raj Bhawan here.
Besides, the Governor was apprised that during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Indian Red Cross Society (Haryana) volunteers had distributed 14415020 food packets, 291103 dry rations, 659709 face masks, 20000 N95 Masks, 1,54,629 hand gloves, 68259 hand sanitizers, 2,50,000 strips of respiratory medicines, 50000 Vitamin – C tablets.
Besides this, 247500 packets of food supplements for the children, the shelter provided 10000 to 12000 migrant workers.
The State branch of Red Cross Society on the appeal made by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi in collaboration with religious, social and voluntary organizations, had organized blood donation camps across the State to provide blood units during the COVID Pandemic.
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, who is also the Vice- President of the Society, was also present on the occasion. Deputy Commissioners of Rewari, Charki Dadri, Faridabad, Rohtak, Yamunanagar and Kurukshetra were also present. Other Deputy Commissioners attended the programme through video conferencing. The Deputy Commissioners are the Chairman of District Units of Red Cross Society.
Appreciating the extraordinary work done by Haryana Branch of Indian Red Cross, Governor said, “During COVID-19 crisis, State branch of Red Cross Society played a pivotal role in collecting blood units to ensure that no one suffers due to shortage of blood. Besides this, masks, sanitizers and gloves were distributed to safeguard against Corona infection. People were also made aware about the precautions to be taken to combat Corona Pandemic.
Arya said that the Red Cross volunteers also ensured that every needy in the State got two square meals a day. He also lauded the role of Red Cross volunteers in mitigating human suffering and assisting in the progress of the community even during the COVID-19 crisis by distributing crore of dry and cooked ration packets. Shelters homes were set up to accommodate the migrant workers, he added.
“It is a matter of pride that dedicated efforts of State Government and State Branch of Red Cross Society have been recognized countrywide,” Governor said. “I congratulate the Red Cross Society (Haryana) for making dedicated efforts to serve humanity even in this hour of crisis,” he asserted.
In his inaugural address, Chief Minister said that the sole purpose and work of Red Cross Society was to serve humanity. There were many people in the society who wished to make their valuable contribution to society by doing volunteer services, therefore all such people should be encouraged and be brought to the forefront.
He directed that more and more Jan Aushadhi Kendras should be opened through Red Cross Society in Haryana to provide medicines at reasonable rates to the common man. He further directed that Youth Red Cross activities should also be started in Private Universities. Besides this, the Junior Red Cross activities should be started at the school level. He directed the Deputy Commissioners to make an appeal to Panchayats to come forward and give their valuable contributions in the works being carried out by the Red Cross Society.
D.R. Sharma, General Secretary, Haryana Red Cross Society apprised the Governor and Chief Minister that during a lockdown of COVID-19 Pandemic, Haryana Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society has designed its Special Relief Programme to help the needy person