NUST Community Service Club
(NCSC) conducted its annual quarter blood donation drive in collaboration with
the Armed Forces Institute of Transfusion (AFIT) at the NUST Medical Centre
from the 15th to the 17th of November, 2016. The main aim
of this drive was to engage the students and faculty of NUST in serving the ill
and hospitalized by rejuvenating them with a fresh supply of blood.
Whenever prospective donors
arrived, starting every morning at 11 am, they were taken to a series of desks
where they were handed forms to fill out regarding their history of illness. A
blood sample was then taken from each visitor and tested to determine his or
her blood type and hemoglobin level, amongst other aspects. If they were deemed
fit to donate by the AFIT personnel, the donors were handed bags which they
took to the wards, where doctors saw to them and ensured that donations were
made using hygienic equipment in the safest way possible.
The volunteers present at the Medical
Centre were welcoming and so was the décor of the entrance. Visitors were highly
encouraged to save up to 3 lives with a single donation by providing them free
snacks to reenergize afterwards and by having their photographs taken at a photo
booth outside. Transport was offered from the IGIS ground to the Medical Centre
and back for those who needed it. Even if visitors were not keen on donating
blood, they were nonetheless encouraged to contribute monetarily towards paying
the screening fees for those who urgently require blood but cannot afford the
2600 rupees upfront, with a minimum donation of 50 rupees. In this manner,
everyone was involved in saving lives in one way or another.
The drive concluded at 3 pm on
the 17th of November with an astounding 280 pints of blood collected.