New Delhi, May 8 : Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday lauded the services of Indian Red Cross Society in the difficult times of COVID-19 outbreak. "I really value Indian Red Cross fraternity having given a great contribution in our fight against COVID-19 too where they have provided equipment, sanitisers, food, PPE kits and N95 masks to several hospitals in India," he said on the centenary celebrations of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) here.
Addressing the limited gathering at the function as well as IRCS leadership and staff at various state branches across the country through video conferencing, he said the Red Cross Society had not only completed 100 years of existence but kept up its motto of providing medical and humanitarian. He thanked IRCS for providing relief and doing good work in India without waiting for orders but suo-motu acted and provided relief work in any disaster or humanitarian crisis which required immediate action. On the occasion of ‘World Red Cross Day’, he garlanded the bust of its founder Henry Durant and flagged off the vehicle carrying relief material to Haryana, consisting of PPEs, masks, wet wipes, and body bags.
Dr Vardhan lauded the Indian Red Cross Society for sending mobile blood collection vans to the premises of regular blood donors to facilitate them to come forward for blood donation at this point of time. "IRCS is doing yeoman service to the mankind by providing the facility of mobile blood collection, pick and drop facility through mobile van and setting a benchmark for other voluntary organisations by providing blood to terminally ill patients, thalassaemias as well as patients suffering from other blood disorders during these difficult times."
He further asked IRCS to come forward to spread awareness among the masses to not to stigmatise patients and Corona Warriors including doctors, health workers, etc. and promote a positive environment for them to work with great zeal. "I really value Indian Red Cross fraternity having given a great contribution in our fight against COVID-19 too where they have provided equipment, sanitizers, food, PPE kits and N95 masks etc. to several hospitals in India," he said. IRCS was founded in 1920, as a voluntary humanitarian organisation.
Today with a network of over 1,100 branches across the country, it provides relief in times of disasters/emergencies as well as promotes health and care of the vulnerable people and communities. It is a leading member of the largest independent humanitarian organisation in the world, the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement.The Mission of the Indian Red Cross is to inspire, encourage and initiate, at all times, all forms of humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be minimised and even prevented and thus contribute to creating more congenial climate for peace, an official release here said. (UNI)