Karmacharya donates blood for 150th time

Kathmandu, June 8

Prem Sagar Karmacharya, 53, a local resident of Bagbazar, donated blood for the 150th time at a blood donation camp organised here yesterday.

Central President of Nepal Red Cross Society Dr Manika Raj Karnikar said it was Karmacharya’s 150th blood donation. He added that Karmacharya had donated blood more than 40 times in camps organised by Nepal Red Cross Society. “He has mostly donated blood in hospitals in districts facing acute blood crunch and this is recorded on the card we have provided him,” said Dr Karnikar.

Karmacharya had started donating blood when he was 16 years old.

Sharing the experience of his early days, he said, “I began to donate blood voluntarily being inspired by a porter. When I was a teenager, I saw some porters selling their blood for their survival. This made me realise that donating blood doesn’t harm our body and thus started donating but I never took money in return.”

Karmacharya then started donating his blood once every three months. He said people had misconception about getting weak, gaining weight and losing immunity power after donating blood, but in reality it made us healthier than before.

Karmacharya said professional donors sold their blood prior to 1982. He claimed that he had never used medication in his life after he began to donate blood. “Each individual should donate their blood every three months. Blood donation can save human lives and makes us healthy.”