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People urged to donate blood for saving lives

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal speaking at voluntary blood donor citation giving ceremony organised by Quantum Foundation at the Jatiya Press Club on Friday.

City Desk :
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Friday urged people to donate blood for saving lives.
"Everybody should donate blood to save life. When a person donates blood, he is saving a life. So we should encourage people to come forward for such human cause," said Khan.
The Home Minister said these while addressing a function organized by Quantum Foundation at Jatiya Press Club here as the chief guest.  Quantum Foundation organized the function to honour people who donated blood 10, 25 and 50 times so far.
The minister thanked quantum for encouraging the donors for such noble cause, adding, "Quantum is working for making people healthy, with a clear conscience."
Asaduzzaman Khan said even a young blood donor always try his best to maintain distance from alcohol as his blood might get polluted and he would be rejected in blood screening.
"This is how, I think, Quantum is building a coordinated alcohol-free donor pool," said the minister.
Chief Coordinator of Voluntary blood donation activities of Quantum Foundation, Madam Nahar Al Bukhari chaired the function while Prof Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) presented welcome speech.
A total of 134 silver donors were awarded for donating blood 10 times, 31 golden donors for 25 times and one donor, who donated blood for 50 times, were awarded at the ceremony.
"Around 30-35 percent of the blood needed for different patients in our country comes from the voluntary donors, while 55-60 percent comes from the relatives or friends," Prof Nizamuddin said.
Other speakers at the function said Quantum Foundation is a combined, self planned and self financed enterprise, which is serving the humanity.  Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan after attending the programme expressed his shock at the terrorist attacks in New Zealand and condoled the deaths.

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