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Friends,colleagues bid final adieu to Dr Jolly

He pioneered the voluntary blood donation movement in India.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 7, 2013 12:33:03 am

The man who pioneered the voluntary blood donation movement in India,Dr JG Jolly,popularly known as the ‘Father of Transfusion Medicine in India,’ dead on Saturday. A large gathering of admirers,colleagues and friends attended his cremation on Monday afternoon. Dr Jolly,87,was not keeping well over the last two years. He is survived by his wife,son and three daughters.

Dr Jolly was the founder head of Department of Transfusion Medicine,PGI. He also started MD Transfusion Medicine programme in the country to generate the technical manpower for the upgradation of the speciality and improvement in the blood transfusion services in the country. He spearheaded the campaign to prohibit sale and purchase of blood from professional donors in India and pioneered voluntary blood donation.

He was the founder president of Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology (ISBTI). “Where ever you will find the concept of voluntary blood donation,Dr Jolly’s name is bound to figure there. Society salutes the contribution of Dr Jolly,” Dr Yudhbir Singh Khyalia,President ISBTI said.

One of the first student of Dr Jolly and founder secretary of ISBTI,Kanta Swaroop Krishan said,“In 1964,I came into the picture,when blood department in PGI was set up. I was one of the first students of Dr Jolly,he told us his mission and taught us how to spread the message to community.” Dr Jolly also remained the head of Express Social,a platform for the residents of Tricity,after the launch of the Newsline.

When asked,what prompted Dr Jolly to campaign against the sale and purchase of blood,Dr Neelam Gupta,daughter of Dr Jolly said,“A blood seller can sell blood multiple times and will hide his diseases,in order to make more money. However,voluntary blood donor will never hide his/her diseases. As a result,chances of getting good blood which is free from communicable diseases increases.” She added,“My father’s major contribution was maintaining disease-free blood bank. Because of his contribution,Chandigarh was clean of sexually transmitted diseases for decades,which could spread through blood transfusion.”

Dr Jolly’s wife,Santosh Jolly supported him throughout,in making the campaign a success. The couple worked together,to spread awareness among people. “I would write for his campaigns. I was good in Hindi,so I used to prepare lectures and motivational messages. Dr Jolly and I used to conduct motivational camps at far flung areas. It was very difficult to convince people at that time,but he did,” she said.

Talking about Dr Jolly as a person,daughter Kiran Huria said,“He was the best father and an honest man. He never went out of his way to influence the system to help his children. He was truthful,righteous and a patriotic person. He was a simple man,who had barely two pair of clothes at a time.” The chautha ceremony will be held at the Arya Samaj Mandir,Sector 16 on Wednesday at 2 pm.

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