President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon all Sandhani, national and international organizations and the people for joining spontaneously the humanitarian programme of voluntary blood and posthumous eye donation.
They made the call in separate messages on the eve of 'National Voluntary Blood Donation and Posthumous Eye Donation Day 2021'.
With the motto "Sebai Amader Adorosho", Sandhani has been working to serve the humanity for 44 years last, he said.
Abdul Hamid said Sandhani meets the lion's share of the demand for blood in Bangladesh in saving life of critical patients in emergency operations, accidents and other ailments.
During the crisis period of coronavirus pandemic, the organization extended the area of its activities as well as Sandhani National Eye Donation Society has been working to encourage people in posthumous eye donation, he said.
He said since its inception, Sandhani has been playing a praiseworthy role to popularize voluntary blood donation and posthumous eye donation.
The President urged all to come forward in voluntary blood and posthumous eye donation to serve humanity.
Mentioning the contribution of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said Bangabandhu established 'Blood Transfusion Department' at the then PG Hospital (Now Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University) in 1972 realizing the importance of safe blood.
Bangabandhu formulated 'The Blind Relief' (Donation of Eye) Act 1975' to solve the problem of blindness in the country, she said.
The prime minister also said just after assuming power in 1996, her government allotted a plot to Sandhani in Nilkhet area for establishing blood bank and eye bank.
Following the footprints of Bangabandhu, Human Organ Transplantation Act, 1999 has been formulated to collect and preserve organs for transplanting in human body and ensure the legal use of those, she said.
Lauding Shandhani, she said as part of showing humanity, the Shandhani made history by organizing the first voluntary blood donation programme at Dhaka Medical College on November 2, 1978 to bring back the life of a critical patients of the hospital.
The President and the Prime Minister wished the overall success of 'National Voluntary Blood Donation and Posthumous Eye Donation Day 2021'.