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Red Cross members urged to venture beyond healthcare activities

By Kohima Bureau Updated: May 08, 2018 11:19 pm
Himato Zhimomi and members of IRCS Nagaland Branch pose for a group photo during the World Red Cross Day celebration in Kohima on May 8.

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Kohima, May 8 (EMN): Commemorating the World Red Cross Day, the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland Branch has organised a programme on the theme “Everywhere for everyone, smile” at Red Cross complex, Kohima, on May 8.
Speaking on the occasion, commissioner and secretary of health and family welfare, Himato Zhimomi, acknowledged the initiatives of the Red Cross Society in Nagaland, which mainly comprises of the aged people. He however, stressed on the need for passing the baton to the younger generation.
Emphasising that activities of the Red Cross Society should not only be directed towards conducting medical and blood donations camps or extending help during calamities, Zhimomi suggested they should also try to engage in overcoming the conflict situation, especially the resolution of Naga political issue as the unresolved political problem has been keeping the state in conflict situation.
Zhimomi suggested that the society should also involve in inculcating good values among the youngsters as HIV epidemic is still very high in the state coupled with high incidences of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) among children in the age group of 10-14 years.
He maintained that the Red Cross is a right movement to take up conflict issues in Naga society and also urged the members to rejuvenate and bring about egalitarian changes in Naga society.
IRCSN vice chairman Dr. S Imkong Tushi Ao has presided over the programme, while a prayer was said by pastor of Chang Baptist Church Kohima, Anungla Chang, and a special numbers were presented by students of Mt. Sinai Higher Secondary School and Bayavü Hill High School. IRCSN managing committee member, Kekhwewe Sekhamo, delivered welcome address and IRCSN managing committee member, John Kath, tendered vote of thanks.
Pfutsero: Pfutsero unit of the Red Cross Society has observed the World Red Cross Day at Pfutsero Government College on May 8, where Maj. LP Khongsai, OC 9th Assam Rifles, Pfutsero, was the speaker of the programme.
The speaker introduced Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, and the humanitarian objectives of the organisation. And along that theme, he also shed light on the humanitarian efforts of the Indian army.
Students of Pfutsero Government College, Union Christian School, Baptist School, Tewelhi Medo Tyrannus Higher Secondary School, Nazareth School and Chakhesang Mission Higher Secondary School have participated in the programme.
Kiphire: Kiphire unit of the Indian Red Cross Society has observed the Red Cross Day at Agape School, Kiphire, which was marked with the launching of Junior Red Cross by the unit honourary secretary Tsointhe Hony.
Speaking at the launching programme, Tsointhe Hony highlighted on the significance of the day and also shared on the history of the movement. Sharing on the emblem of Red Cross, he said many people are misusing the emblem for personal benefit which is wrong and punishable. He has encouraged the members to create awareness among the public.
He also welcomed the Junior Red Cross members to the organisation and appealed them to extend all possible help without expecting anything in return.
Altogether 10 members took the pledge and enrolled as Junior Red Cross members along with two teacher mentors.
Wokha: Wokha observed the World Red Cross Day at the district planning & machinery cell conference hall with Dr. Manazir J Samoon, deputy commissioner, as the guest of honour and Rev. Fr. Joseph TT, principal and rector of DBHSS, Wokha, as the theme speaker.
In his address, the DC encouraged the members to continue working toward the society in saving and promoting life for peace without religion, sex, caste and cultural differences.
He also urged the youth to promote peace by joining the movement.
Rev. Fr. Joseph TT has instilled upon the students, youths and volunteers of the district to be a giver in saving life by synchronising the body, mind and soul. He said youths have the ability to give life by donating blood.
He further encouraged them to spread love, peace and joy.

By Kohima Bureau Updated: May 08, 2018 11:19:41 pm