OFFICE OF THE
THADOU STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
Imphal, the 25th July, 2020
Blood donation is a benevolent activity and people who come to voluntarily donate blood should be welcome and not treated with disdain. If the wannabe donor does not fit the description he or she should be persuaded with respect because very few human beings had the greatness of heart and conviction to part with his or her precious blood.
But this was not the case as was witnessed in an unfortunate incident that happened in the top medical institute of the state, RIMS on the 28th of June, 2020 where a blood donation camp was organized to commemorate the 163rd anniversary of the ‘Sepoy Mutiny’ of 1857. A prospective blood donor from Sega Road, Imphal was contemptuously shooed away by an assistant professor on the ground that he was an ex-drug user. The man-in-question was humiliated by the indecent treatment and had to go through immense mental trauma from that harrowing experience.
People in medical professions are requested to maintain decorum and caution while dealing with such cases for there’s stigma attached with an ex-drug user however, reformed he or she might be. It is not easy to give up drugs once you are wallowed in it and takes an enormous amount of resolve to let go. So they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect for abandoning drugs and other narcotic substances. After all they are also human beings.
What had happened was unfortunate and condemnable but let by gone be by gone and it is our humble appeal to the medical fraternity to ensure that such untoward incidents do not recur again.
(Michael Lamjathang Haokip)
Thadou Students’ Association (TSA)