Doha: Karnataka Muslim Cultural Association, a non-profit Associate Organization to the Apex Body, Indian Cultural Centre under the aegis of Embassy of India, successfully organised their 12th Annual Blood Donation Campaign, on January 15th, 2021 at Blood Donor Centre, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha-Qatar.

This year’s Campaign was organized in Association with South Kanara Muslim Welfare Association (SKMWA) and supported by Highland Islamic Forum - Qatar (HIF-Q) and Family Friends Circle - Qatar (FFC-Q).

The drive which was held-from 7 am to 11 noon witnessed 69 successful voluntary blood donations after routine check-ups.

KMCA President Mr. Fayaz Ahmed welcomed the Chief Guest  Mr. S R H Fahmi, First Secretory, Embassy of India, Qatar, who spoke on the occasion and congratulated the organizing committee and Indian community at large for taking up such humanitarian causes. ICC President, Mr Babu Rajan, ICBF President Ziad Usman, affiliated organisation Office bearers, members & KMCA senior patrons. Dr. Rajeet Shetty from Elite Medical Center, enlightened the donors and the gathering about the health benefits through blood donation. 

KMCA also took the opportunity to felicitate a long timer Indian resident of Qatar, a spearheading personality in social works, active member of community organizations and has held positions in apex bodies, Mr. Diwakar Pujari. All attending Presidents and prominent personalities of Karnataka based organizations took part in the same. Mr. Ravi shetty presented a brief talk highlighting Mr. Pujari’s contributions during his tenure in Qatar.

On behalf of the Executive Committee Members of KMCA, SKMWA, HIF-Q & FFC-Q,Mr. Abdul Majeed (of SKMWA) presented the Vote of Thanks and

 KMCA Vice-President Zia ul-Huq coordinated the day’s presentation events.

The Donors were presented with a “Certified Life Saver ” recognition certificate endorsed by all Four Organizing Bodies.

Patrons, Leaders and Members of various ICC Affiliated organisations:

Baburajan, ICC President

Ziad, ICBF president

Abdulla Monu Moidin 

Ravi Shetty, ATS

Ibrahim Beary, 

Ahmed Saeed Assadi 

Saquib Raza Khan

Shuhaib Ahmed 

Mohammed Yunus 

Ismail  Abubaker

Shakeel 

Suhaim 

Khaleel 

Ibraiz Khan

Syed Qasim,

Diwaker Pujari,

Subrahmanya ICC MC

Dinesh Gowda, ICBF MC

Avinash, ICBF MC

Nagesh Rao, 

Deepak Shetty,

Chaithali Shetty, 

Sunil Dsilva,

Raghu Anchan,

Nazeer Pasha,

along with Rizwan Ahmed, President HIFq and Javed Shariff President FFCq were present on the occasion.

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Bengaluru: A 97-year old man became the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine here as the drive for inoculating the general public got underway in Karnataka on Monday.

After the vaccination drive since January 16 covered health workers and frontline workers, the next phase started from Monday for all people above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities.

Senior citizens sporting face masks queued up at private Manipal Hospitals here for getting the vaccine shot.

Some of the beneficiaries were wheelchair bound.

"Ramaswami Parthasarathy, 97-year-old, was the first to get vaccinated," Manipal Hospitals said in a statement.

The hospital appealed to the senior citizens and people above 45 years with comorbidities to register themselves for inoculation.

"We at Manipal Hospitals have started the vaccination drive today. The registrations for the vaccination can be competed online through the CoWIN app, and people in the age group of 60 plus can directly walk-in for the vaccination," it said in the statement.

The hospital was cooperating with the government and abiding by the standard procedures and protocols for the vaccination drive, it added.

Meanwhile, the government hospitals too started the preparations for vaccination.

"Today only we got direction from the government. We are starting the registration process from today and will begin the vaccination drive once the preparations are over," Director and Dean of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr C R Jayanthi told PTI.

The state government has said vaccination will take place at all its taluk and district level hospitals and two identified private hospitals in each district.

According to the state health department, vaccination days will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in government facilities and all working days in private hospitals.

The number of vaccinations would be limited to 200 per day per session site and would be on a first come first serve basis. However, online registered beneficiaries would be allotted a specific time in a day.