President seeks strong culture of voluntary blood donation in country
KARACHI: President Arif Alvi has stressed the need for a strong culture of voluntary blood donation in the country with equal attention towards cadaveric organ donation.
Talking to the media during his visit to the LRBT Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Korangi, a locality largely inhabited by blue-collar workers, he said organ donation, be it cornea, kidney or liver, was a charity in itself.
“It saves lives,” he emphasized reiterating that the relevance of blood donation also could not be ignored which ironically was rarely given due importance in the society.
“We generally come forward only in a crisis situation while its importance cannot be overlooked at any cost.” Recalling his association with the LRBT Hospital, he said his visit to the facility was to see how it could be helped at current point of time. “It is definitely no mean feat that the LRBT through its chain of centres, scattered across the country, is catering to a major chunk of the patients in need of eye care,” he said. President Alvi opined that such facilities and the people associated with them were role models, who must be duly projected so as to be a source of inspiration for the society in general.
He said it was a manifestation of philanthropic work and reputation the LRBT had earned for dedication to a cause related to the people with little or limited resources, which had helped it to get funds from different parts of the world as well by the locals.
“It is heartening to see that these people, pertaining to different age groups are provided free of cost services and assistance,” President Alvi said referring to surgeries, treatment for eye-related injuries and other crucial support in terms of lens implantation, glasses and so forth.
The president also reiterated the need to raise public awareness about prevention of eye conditions and diseases that might also cause visual impairment. – APP