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Suwa Arana an initiative by Rotaract Alumni Mora continuing its 4th consecutive year with an objective of fulfilling medical requirements of the country. The project consists of two sub projects, Blood Donation Campaign and the donation of medicine to Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH). As Sri Lanka has a universal health care system that extends free healthcare to all citizens, faces with many challenges due to COVID-19 and the current economic crisis. As Rotaractors, this is a little support for the country’s health sector to face the challenges in a positive attitude.

Phase 1: Blood Donation Campaign

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The Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa with the collaboration of Siri Wangeesa Dhamma School of Sri Wijeyarama Temple, Piliyandala, identifies the immediate need for action as per a special request made by, National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS). This humanitarian effort was named as Suwa Arana 22.1 with the objective of fulfilling the urgent blood requirement in the country. The chairperson of the project was Rtr. Dinushani Wickramarachchi, who contacted the necessary parties and initiated the project with fellow Rotaractors in this time of difficulty.

The team has made this effort into reality on 5th of February 2022 at the Sri Wijeyarama Temple premises, Piliyandala. The staff of the Narahenpita Central Blood Bank engaged in the collection procedure.  The refreshments were facilitated by the Sri Wijeyarama Temple with the support of parents and teachers of Dhamma School.

It was really a challenge to conduct the campaign by adhering to safety measures governed in the country due to COVID-19 while ensuring the collection of safe blood. Other than the medical staff, the organizing team took all the necessary precautions from the beginning to the end of the project to prevent the viral spread. The specific health requirements given by the NBTS to qualify as a safe blood donor were published prior to the campaign through social media. On the campaign day, all the necessary arrangements were there to rectify the threat. Hand washing areas, hand sanitizers, and face masks were facilitated to the participants.

Suwa Arana campaign ended up being a huge success and was able to have 117 successful donations from 150+ registrations. This was such a splendid event to showcase the shining human qualities of our people even with the barriers due to COVID-19.

The continuous and immense support from Kadurupokune Dhammaloka Thero, teachers, and parents of Siri Wangeesa Dhamma School for to have a successful blood donation campaign was appreciated. Moreover, the service of the medical staff of the NBTS and the Blood Bank also needs to be mentioned admirably.

Phase 2: Donation of Vital Medicine to LRH

Due to the prevailing economic crisis of the country, the hospitals are running out of life saving medications and surgical items. Sri Lanka has a universal health care system that extends free healthcare to all citizens, which has been a national priority. OPD facilities are readily available in public (general) hospitals situated in major towns and cities, with laboratory and radiology facilities common in most. This was the previous status of the health sector of the country before the economic crisis. Apart from running out of the medicine, the existing medicine prices are too expensive which cannot afford.

Rtr. Sachitha Bandara initiated the donation drive for LRH based on the requirements posted by the hospital. The team has identified the donation of medicine was important at the moment with the economic crisis. The team successfully donated the following vital medicines worth around 50,000 LKR from the collected donations.

  • Beta dine Solution 100 ml           -08
  • Cal Bind 17 g                                   -17
  • Probeta drop 7.5 ml                      -05
  • Phylopen 250 mg Per tab             -19
  • Probeta N Drop 7.5 ml                  -25
  • Phytomenadione 10 mg               -40
  • Rolac 30 mg                                    -17

The donation phase was happened on the 19th of May 2022 at Lady Ridgeway Hospital.

Special thanks for all the donors and the project OC for completing the project within a short duration as it was a gift of life for some patients.

Penned By : Rtr. Kavinda Senarathne

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