Mangaluru: They donate blood without breaking fast during Ramzan | Mangaluru News – Times of India
MANGALURU: Ramzan fasting did not deter members of Viqaya, the emergency response and social service wing of the Samastha Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SKSSF), from donating blood in emergency situation during lockdown.
Viqaya members Khalid Ajjavara and Arif Madavu did not think twice when they received the message for emergency blood requirement from a hospital in Sullia a week ago. Another member Azharuddin Bellare rushed immediately and donated blood during fasting at Puttur recently. Viqaya members have donated nearly 60 units of blood since day one of the Covid-19 lockdown and they continued the service even after the commencement of fasting month.
Thajudin Tarly, vice chairman of Viqaya Dakshina Kannada district unit, told TOI that that the WhatsApp groups of the organisation always remains alert and members respond to problems immediately. “After the commencement of Ramzan fasting, five members of Viqaya have already donated blood and two have gone to donate in Mangaluru today (May 7). Our members on fasting have been donating blood after consulting doctors and taking their advice. Meanwhile, we also have discussed the matter with religious leaders, who endorsed our mission with a go ahead since it is a noble cause,” Tarly said.
He added that Viqaya members respond to messages in case of blood requirements or for any other help 24×7. “We have 12 zones of Viqaya in Dakshina Kannada and there are more than 100 units functioning under it with nearly 15,000 members. Members have been responding to people, especially those poor patients. Last year, when the government hospital in Sullia was facing shortage of Group D staff, Viqaya members offered voluntary service on regular basis till the government appointed permanent staff. Members were actively involved in the rescue operations at many places during flood. In addition, members also volunteer social work including burial of unclaimed dead bodies,” he said.