Indian community vows to support blood donation
By Kidega Livingstone
The Indian community in collaboration with its Embassy in Juba promised to continue supporting the blood bank by donating blood.
The promise came during the voluntary blood donation organized by the embassy to mark the 73rd Indian Independence Day.
Speaking to journalists during the donation, Indian Amb.SD Moorthy said India ranks number two in blood donation in the country, but that they want to be the number one blood donor country.
“Indian is number two in donation campaign in this country but we want to become number one blood donors in South Sudan .We are ready to donate high amount of blood groups and anybody who want blood can approach the Indian community,” said Moorthy.
“We are doing this to enable services to our friend of South Sudan. We are saving the lives by donating the blood. I request Indian community members to come forward and donate blood to the needy South Sudanese.
This the third time the Embassy in collaboration with its community organized for the donation and every year the two associations donate blood twice-on the 26th January and 15th August in memory of their National and Independence day respectively.
For his part Mr. Ravindra Prakash, Chairman of Indian community in Juba told Juba Monitor that the Indian community has many activities for the benefit of South Sudanese.
He emphasized that every year the communities donate over 200 blood packets.
“I am very happy with my community members that they voluntarily give huge amount of blood to save lives of our brothers and sisters in this country,” Prakash said.
“Indian blood is not enough for this country but we are also appealing to our brothers and sisters who with us to do the same because donating blood are healthy and it improve live as well as saving lives of the people living in the country,” he added.
Mr. Michael Lasuba Lokore, Director Laboratory Services at Public Health Laboratory welcomed the initiative.
“We are really very grateful to the Indian community in Juba. There is high demand of blood in this country and blood is not enough. This units of blood donated today (yesterday) by the Indian community when they have screen it they will come to collect them because lives need to be saved,” Lasuba said.
Blood donation calls are mostly responded to by foreigners from countries like Uganda, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, United States of America, and many others.