Sujan Pandit, Houston-April 9, 2016
Nepalese Association of Houston (NAH), in coordination with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center organized the blood drive in Southwest Freeway, Houston today as part of the Nepalese New Year 2073 and Nepal Day. Altogether 38 persons have donated their blood (42 counts including 34 WBC 4 plasma and 4 RBC). The majority of the donors were from Nepalese community residing in Houston including NAH Executives Jyoti Ghimire, Vishnu Nepal, Drona Gautam, Prashanti Pandit, Madhukar Amatya, Sameer Rawal, Gyaneshowr Shrestha, Rabin Shrestha, Deepak Upreti, Bachcha Tiwari and Tara Baral. As a part of the community event, NAH has been building its linkages with various organizations and showing its visibility in Houston. ‘The blood drive is most awaited event being facilitated by the NAH for past few years. “This is the fourth time that we have been managing the blood drive successfully in Houston”, Prashanti Pandit, NAH Executive Member and Coordinator of NAH blood drive event explained. The well-known social worker and Nepalese businessmen in Houston Madhukar Amatya and Dinker Amatya have provided the venue for the blood drive whereas Samir Rawal has sponsored the lunch and snacks for the event.
Most importantly, Congressman Al Green has visited the Blood Drive and appreciated the NAH’s community activities that can help the greater community in Houston.
In addition to the Blood Drive, the Vcare Community Clinic, a non-profit organization has also organized a free health-screening clinic for the blood donors and other visitors that include rapid blood sugar test, blood pressure check up and flu shots. The Vcare is serving the people in Houston since 2012 through their three different clinics located in Houston, Pasadena and Carrollton Texas. “The clinic is mainly focused to the uninsured and low-income individuals and families. It offers free medical and dental services for children and medical services for men and women as well”, Drona Gautam, Executive Officer of Vcare Community Clinic said to the MeroKhabar.Net. He also emphasized that Vcare has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NAH and it helped the NAH members to get some reasonable discounts on annual membership fee i.e. $150 for general people. Everyone who is registered as annual member could get almost free health screening that includes the blood work and majority of the lab facilities. He also emphasized the Nepali community members to visit its low cost clinics who have no or limited health insurance plan as Vcare is offering the very cheap medical services at $35.00.
At the end of the event, NAH President Mr. Jyoti Ghimire handed over the letter of appreciation to the Vcare and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for their services to the Nepalese Community in Houston. He also requested the community members to make the Nepal day and Nepalese New Year 2073 Godhuli Sanjh successful, which will be held on April 15, 2016 at Taaj Hall, Houston.