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SOC and KMC host Blood Donation Drive 20192 min read

March 17, 2019 3 min read

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SOC and KMC host Blood Donation Drive 20192 min read

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MANIPAL: The students of School of Communication (SOC) collaborated with Kasturba Medical College (KMC) to organise Blood Donation Drive 2019 on March 15 at SOC.

The blood donation camp is an annual event conducted by final-year Masters in Media and Communication students of SOC to create awareness of the need to donate blood. “Every year the students organise the blood donation camp as a part of their curriculum as well as for social work,” said Manjula Venkataraghavan, Faculty Coordinator of the event. The event began at 9 am and was inaugurated by Dr Paragna Rao, Dean of KMC.

The student population of SOC and some students from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) came forward to donate blood. “I heard about the blood donation drive from SOC students near Radha Medicals and I immediately wanted to be a part of the noble cause,” said Arathi G Nayak, a first-year student, MIT.

 

A team of 20 doctors and nurses from KMC oversaw the event. They systematically checked the necessary criteria for blood donation and its storage. This team was accompanied by a senior faculty member as well. || Photograph Courtesy: Sahaj Mathur

 

More than 40 people donated blood at the event, although some who registered were unable to donate blood due to being underweight, having a deficiency, or other medical issues. In addition to the erupting student population, some staff members of SOC donated blood as well. || Photograph Courtesy: Sahaj Mathur

 

The donors were taken to a separate room with basic resting facilities and medical staff to provide the necessary care. People weighing 50-65 kg donated 250 ml whereas people above 65 kg donated 450 ml. || Photograph Courtesy: Sahaj Mathur

 

The collected blood was divided and stored differently under low temperatures. The blood collected from the Blood Donation Drive reached those in need in KMC at zero cost. The candidates had to undergo various medical tests to ensure that they were suitable to donate blood to the hospital. || Photograph Courtesy: Sahaj Mathur

 

“This year, I wanted to explore the perks of adulting and so, I decided to donate blood. Moreover, I believe that helping those in need here will pay me back in life in some other time and form,” said Pearl D’Souza, a first-year Bachelor of Media and Communication student at SOC.

The objective of the Blood Donation Drive was to create awareness about blood donation amongst the youth population of Manipal and to encourage them to donate blood. The donors were provided with energising refreshments such as juice and glucose biscuits after donating blood.

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Sahaj Mathur

Edited by: Nayanatara Jacob