Precious drops that save lives

Keeping alive the humane side, students from all courses quietly lined up at the booth. Though it appeared more as an annual tradition for the students, the enthusiasm was fresh as the blood donation camp shaped up at Jamia Millia Islamia University recently.  


The initiative was organised by JMI, The National Service Scheme (NSS), Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) in collaboration with Rotary Blood Bank
 Noida and Pitampura Blood Bank.

Around 9 am, the camp was inaugurated by Professor Mehtab Alam, chief proctor, JMI in the presence of Prof N U Khan, programme coordinator at NSS; V H Siddiqui, deputy programme coordinator, NSS; Dr Mumtaz Ahmad; Dr Abid Husain, programme officers at NSS and guests from the Rotary Club.

On this occasion, Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, JMI blessed the donors and gave a message to students of Jamia, to participate in this noble cause by joining hands with NSS volunteers and serve the society at large.

Soon, the camp started attracting students who turned up to donate their blood. The main campus, Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Center for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation were abuzz with young donors: national and international.

A steady stream of donors continued to pour in throughout the day till 5 pm when the camp closed. The social work was ably supported by the girls who looked happy lending a helping hand for the betterment of the society.

Three-hundred-and-eighty-two units of blood were collected in the camp and an equal number of students were rejected by the medical team due to medical health issues such as low haemoglobin count. To maintain a healthy procedure, all donors were asked to fill up registration form and undergo a thorough medical check-up for blood pressure, haemoglobin count and weight measurement. There was also an arrangement for donors to lie down and recuperate for a while. The donors were even provided with glucose water and refreshments before they left the venue.

Happy to have served the society, the donors received a certificate of recognition and a memento along with a credit card which entitles them to claim one unit of free blood from a government blood bank for one year.

The blood samples collected were carefully sealed and transported, while the volunteers helped in the clean-up of the area, registration and clarified all queries of the donors. It was interesting to witness not just students but even other members of the
university and community who came forward to donate blood.

The university highlighted me need to create awareness among youth for active participation in such noble causes. After all, there is no better donation than blood donation!

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