The World Red Cross Day was celebrated at Banquet Hall, Itanagar today with the theme “Memorable Smiles from around the World”. The event was organised by Indian Red Cross Society of Arunachal Pradesh State Branch, Naharlagun in collaboration with Arunachal Voluntary Blood Donor Organisation (AVBDO).
Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein while addressing the gathering, acknowledged the humanitarian role played by the World Red Cross Society in caring and extending medical aids to the men, women and children in sufferings caused by wars and natural calamities across the world from the time when there were no proper Health Care facilities. He lauded the volunteers and nurses for their helping hands in the most needed time comparing them to angels saying that it is the angels that comes to offer their services to save the lives of others.
He also lauded the 200 volunteers who were ready for blood donations citing it as a noble act of service to humanity and encouraged them to continue their service for the mankind.
Mein complimented the personnel from paramilitary forces like CRPF, ITBP, NDRF for rendering their service for the welfare of the people of this frontier State whenever needed and urged them to maintain the same spirit. He also lauded the Rama Krishna Mission for their services in health care and education sectors in the State. Lauding the civil organisations like Oju Welfare Association, Mother’s Vision, Aalo and Women Against Social Evils Pasighat for the welfare and rights especially for the children and women, he urged them to spread their areas of working and extend their help to other women organisations in other districts in fighting against drug addictions and other social evils. He also lauded Tatung Ramesh Jeke and Toko Teji for their personal sacrifice and service for the cause of the humanity.
He encouraged them to continue their humanitarian service and not to get discouraged by negative response, which they receive sometimes but win them with positive actions.
While extending all support from the State Govt to the Indian Red Cross Society, AP State Branch for the noble cause, Mein said that the Govt accords top priority to the Health Sector. He said that care facilities are improving in Arunachal Pradesh and blood banks are coming up in the General Hospitals and some District Hospitals of the State.
Dr Emi Rumi, Honorary Secretary of Indian Red Cross Society Arunachal Pradesh State Branch has highlighted the importance and history of World Red Cross day. He informed that the World Red Cross Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jean Henry Dunant, founding Father of the Red Cross.
Retired Secretary (PHED), Er Tomi Ete, who is also the Vice – Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society, Arunachal Pradesh and Tatung Ramesh Jeke, President Junior Red Cross Society & Chairman AVBDO also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, Assistant Secretary Maharaj, Rama Krishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Pradiptananda Maharaj, Special Secretary-cum-MD NRHM, Dr Tapashya Raghav, Commandants CRPF, ITBP & NDRF were also present on the occasion.
Red Cross Society felicitated various organizations namely, R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Oju Welfare Association, Indian Medical Association Arunachal Pradesh State Branch, Mother’s Vision Aalo and Women Against Social Evils and individuals namely, Mr Toko Teji and Mr Tatung Ramesh Jeke with mementos for rendering humanitarian service.
DCM also inaugurated the Blood Donation Camp in which around 200 volunteers including personnels from paramilitary forces, student, govt staffs and women were ready to donate blood on the day.