Mangaluru, Nov 29: As part of the observation of NCC Day, the three NCC Units (Army, Navy and Air Wing) of St Aloysius College, Mangaluru organised Blood Donation Camp on November 27, 2021 in association with the Youth Red Cross of the College and District Wenlock Hospital, Mangaluru.
Dr Sharath Kumar Rao, senior consultant and HOD, Immuno-hematology and Blood Transfusion, Nodal Officer ICMR, Government Wenlock Hospital presided over the programme. Dr Alwyn D’Sa, registrar of the College; ANO Shakin Raj, NCC Army Wing Fly officer Alwyn Misquith, NCC Air Wing; and Capt Hariprasad Shetty, NCC Navy Wing Reji John and Reema, coordinators of Youth Red Cross of St Aloysius College graced the occasion.
Around 132 Cadets donated blood during the camp. About 15 staff of District Wenlock Hospital Blood Bank under the supervision of Dr Sharath Kumar assisted in the smooth conduct of the camp.
Dr Sharath Kumar Rao in his speech briefed on the importance of donating blood. He also explained how blood helps patients suffering from life-threatening conditions and supports critical medical and surgical procedures. “Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. At Wenlock Hospital we have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of the donors and staff. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of accidents and other emergencies, or patients fighting blood cancer. I am happy to see many of you cadets and NCC Officers have come forward to donate blood”, he added
Dr Alwyn D’sa in his address said, “I feel proud to say that St Aloysius College is the only institution under Mangalore University having the three full-fledged NCC Wings, and it is overwhelming to note that a large number of the NCC cadets have come forward to donate blood. St Aloysius College has the vision and mission of “Creating Men and Women for and with others”, who in turn will be the agents of change in forging an eco-friendly and gender-sensitive society.”
CSUO Manish Bhat of NCC Air Wing compered the programme. Sgt Violla D’Sa of NCC Army Wing proposed the vote of thanks.