Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated a Voluntary Blood Donation Campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, on the eve of Independence Day. It is dedicated to both soldiers and Covid-19 warriors who lost their lives while safeguarding the country and its citizens. Two families, one family of a martyred soldier and one family of a fallen Covid-19 warrior of AIIMS, were invited as guests of honor.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the blood donation camp by cutting the ribbon and lighting the lamp along with Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, and other senior doctors.
Appreciating the initiative taken up by AIIMS, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “On the eve of our 73rd Independence Day, this voluntary blood donation camp is a tribute to both fallen Covid-19 white coat warriors and the Kargil martyrs. We must remember the ultimate sacrifice made by the Covid-19 warriors, including doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff, while saving people’s lives in the pandemic.”
Highlighting the importance of voluntary blood donation, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Because of COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions due to lockdown and apprehension about the hospital environment, the number of voluntary donations and blood donation camps saw a significant decline. Blood is required for emergency surgeries, blood disorders like thalassemia, blood cancers, and road traffic accidents and trauma cases. Hence the best way to serve humankind is voluntary blood donation.”
He appealed that all Indians must honor our warriors’ sacrifices by contributing in some way in our daily lives to spread joy.