By Ubeer Naqushbandi
SRINAGAR: A large number of youth were seen at the Bone and Joint hospital at Barzulla on Monday where a blood donation camp was organised by volunteers of the area.
Abdul Rashid Teli, 40, is a regular blood donor. He left home early in the morning to reach the camp. He comes from a far-off village in Kanganbal near Achabal in district Islamabad. There is a reason behind his coming so far to donate blood. “He was beaten by forces near Danter Kadal in 2010, where he had gone to do his duty as a medical worker.
An employee of the public health centre, Rashid says he was beaten by forces near Danter Kadal in Islamabad. “I was beaten to the extent that there was much blood loss to me,” he said. “If somebody had not donated blood to me that day, I would have died. I know the importance of donating blood.”
Mohammad Rafiq, 58, came from Rangreth to donate blood for the first time in his life. The reason that brought him to the camp is solidarity with the people who are fighting for freedom. “When there are so many injured everyday, you never know when blood will be needed,” he said.
A group of young boys has also come from Rangreth. “We have come because humanity demands it,” they said. Sajjad Ahmed Beigh, 38, had his plaster removed today by doctors. He has donated blood twelve times before, he said. “Basically, I hail from Srinagar’s downtown area. It gives me immense satisfaction that I may save some precious lives,” he said.
A couple, Akhtar Ali Khan and his wife Shaheena, came from Rajbagh. They are both natives of Kupwara. “There is a war-like situation in Kashmir. Blood is needed for the injured,” they said.
Doctor Mehmooda, the medical officer at the blood camp, said that there had been overwhelming response to the blood camp. “We had to keep many donors on standby. There are factors like age to be taken into account; only persons of 18-60 years can donate blood,” she said.
A 16-year-old from Rangreth and 65-year-old Riyaz Ahmed wanted to donated blood, but could not because of medical reasons.