Only 0.5 per cent Nepalis donate blood, says CBTC

June 14, 2005

KATHMANDU: Only 0.5 per cent of the total population in Nepal donates blood, when at least 5 per cent of them need to regularly donate blood to meet the national demand, according to the Central Blood Transfusion Centre (CBTC) of the Nepal Red Cross Society. Speaking at a programme to mark the World Blood Donors’ Day today, Dr Manita Rajkarnikar, chief of centre, said women constitute only 10 per cent of the total blood donors. “Still, Nepal is at the top among the developing countries for blood donation,” she said. She said the centre had collected 157 units of blood in 1956, the year in which it was set up. Now, it collects 80,000 units through 56 collection centres across the country. “Demand for blood is going up everyday,” Rajkarnikar said. “Awareness on the importance of voluntary unpaid blood donation should be raised so as to encourage more people to become regular donors,” she said. On the occasion, Dr Adik Wibiwo, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative, gave away the golden donor’s pins to four donors from the positive blood group who have donated for over 50 times and silver pins to 24 donors who have donated for over 25 times.

Unimpressive win for Policemen

KATHMANDU: Hari Khadka scored two goals in two minutes as Mahendra Police Club defeated Machhindra Club 2-1 and entered the quarter-finals of the Birthday Cup Football Tournament, which has been organised by All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), here at Dasharath Stadium today. MPC will now play Gyanendra Armed Police Force (APF) in June 19 quarter-final match. The new entrants APF defeated Jawalakhel Youth Club on Saturday. MPC had a first-round bye and won a match to enter the last eight, while the Armed Police Force, who did not have a bye, entered the quarters after winning just one match. MPC were without the services of skipper Anil Adhikari and defender Narottam Gautam, both injured. But the MPC have given Adhikari’s No 4 jersey to newly-hired Suman Subedi, also a defender. When asked after the match, skipper Hari Khadka said that the Adhikari was injured, but did not elaborate. On Tuesday, Hari Khadka put the policemen ahead in the 12th minute when the MPC skipper converted a free kick from the edge of the d-box line easily. MPC earned the free kick after Rajesh Shrestha brought down Jumunu Rai. Hari doubled the tally two minutes later, when he beat the Machhindra Football Club goal keeper Binod Maharjan. In an inspiring move, Jumunu Rai passed the ball to Budhathoki, who did not waste any time to set the ball for Hari.