Agartala: The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI)’s Tripura unit has written a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting for their intervention upon the attacks being carried out on voluntary blood donation camps in the state.
Speaking at a press conference, Nabarun Deb of state DYFI said that in the last two-and-a-half years, a series of attacks was carried out upon the voluntary blood donation camps organized by the Left student and youth organisation.
“On June 14, as part of International Blood Donation Day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, a voluntary blood donation camp organised at Belonia under South Tripura came under attack from a group of miscreants,” Deb said.
Similarly, on May 31 in Ramnagar, West Tripura, a blood donation camp faced attack and a number youths and leaders sustained injuries.
“After the change of government, the first blood donation camp organised on June 18, 2018 and October 3, 2019 came under attack in Udaipur. Again on August 29, 2018 and January 30 last year at Belonia, blood donation camps faced attacks by groups of miscreants. The latest being on June 19 at Belonia again,” Deb added.
He also said that the organisation, even after facing obstruction, has managed to organise blood donation camps across the state.
“During this ongoing lockdown, we have organised a total of 24 voluntary blood donation camps from March 22 to June 25 and donated around 783 units of blood including 289 emergency donations,” Deb said.
The youth leader also alleged that two persons had died due to shortage of blood in the state. The first incident was reported in Santirbazar, while another 6-year-old named Tiyasa Sarkar died on June 4 on her way to Agartala from Gomati district hospital.
A middle-aged woman from Santirbazar also died. A 6-year-old named Tiyasha from Udaipur in need of blood died for the same. She was admitted in Gomati district and was transferred to TMC but she died on her way.
He also said that the copy of the letter addressed to WHO has been marked to 11 other international and two national organisations demanding their intervention and support for removal of difficulties.
These organizations include Director general WHO, International Plasma Fractionation Association (IPFA), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCRCS), International Patient Organisation For Primary Immunodeficiency (IPOPI), International Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care Society (ITACCS), Dr Hendrik Jan Bekedam, WHO representative, International Consortium for Blood Safety (ICBS), International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), Federation of Hemophilia, National Blood Transfusion Council of India, South Asian Association of Transmission Medicine (SAATM), Thalassemia International federation and International Patient organization for Primary immunodeficiency (IPOPI).
Speaking further, Deb said that three separate FIRs were registered but no action was initiated from the police station against the accused persons.
“The government is not allowing us to organize blood donation camps whereas the political parties and associations are given permission to use school premises for their activities,” Deb added.