As part of celebrations  marking the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Kuwait, the Embassy of Nepal in association with the Nepali Community in Kuwait organized a blood donation drive at the Central Blood Bank in Jabriya on 25 March. Embassy officials and a large number of Nepali nationals residing in Kuwait donated blood on the occasion.

Ambassador of Nepal H.E. Durga Prasad Bhandari, Assistant Under Secretary for Technical Affairs at the Ministry of Health (MoH), Dr. Abdulrahman Al- Mutairi, Director of Blood Transfusion Administration Services at MoH, Dr. Reem  Al Radwan, and Counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saleh Al Saraawi, launched the blood donation program by cutting the ceremonial ribbon, ahead of a brief ceremony  at the Central Blood Bank, in the presence of officials at the Central Blood Bank and  a large number of Nepali community members.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Bhandari spoke about Nepal–Kuwait relationship since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1972, which he said have been cordial and friendly, and added that the bilateral relations between the two countries over the past 50 years are based on friendship, cooperation and understanding, and that it has been growing in diverse fields.

The ambassador congratulated the Nepali community donors for their willingness to participate in the blood donation drive and added that such humanitarian services would help to save the lives of the needy people. Terming the donation of blood as “selfless act” the ambassador said that donating blood is one of the precious gifts to anyone who is in need of blood. He also noted that Nepali nationals in Kuwait have been helping significantly in providing added momentum to the ties between the two countries and peoples.

He extended sincere thanks to the authorities in Kuwait, in particular the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for providing the opportunity to organize the blood donation drive and also for their participation in the day’s event. He extended special thanks to the Central Blood Bank Authorities especially to its director Dr. Radwan and other officials who had provided all necessary services and support to organize the program.

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