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Independence Day with a cause: Rotaract and KMC organise blood donation drive2 min read

August 18, 2019 3 min read


Independence Day with a cause: Rotaract and KMC organise blood donation drive2 min read

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MANIPAL: In celebration of the 73rd Indian Independence Day, the Rotaract Club of Manipal in collaboration with Kasturba Medical College (KMC) organised a blood donation drive at MIT Food Court on August 15. The drive was kindled by an engaging Hindi street play presented by Ada Dramatics, a theatre club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on August 13, 2019.

“You do not have to be a soldier to save lives. You can be a donor too.” The play titled ‘De Ke Dekho Accha Lagta Hai’ focused on the importance of blood donation and the casual public attitude towards the cause. || Photograph Courtesy: Vaibhav Aatreya


Unrestrained by heavy rain, the street play team put up a trailblazing performance. The use of Gulal and make-shift instruments like beer bottles with different water levels, buckets, drums, and a junkyard made the act unique. || Photograph Courtesy: Vaibhav Aatreya


The audience was spell cast with awe and emotions and readily appreciated the performance. “They conveyed a very strong message in a visually impactful way,” remarked Bhuvaneswar Velmurugan, a first-year student at Manipal Institute of Communication. || Photograph Courtesy: Vaibhav Aatreya


Post registrations and weight checks, the donors had to be checked under the ‘Donor Deferral Criteria’. The criteria were monitored by a basic donor counselling session and vital examinations like blood pressure, pulse and temperature check. Blood groups were identified with the help of the ABO blood group test and the average haemoglobin count for donating blood was set up to 12.5. || Photograph Courtesy: Ishika Somani


At the donating area, volunteers cleaned donors’ ‘cubital fossa’, the area of transition between the anatomical arm and the forearm, to maintain aseptic precautions. They were made to hold a sponge ball to equalise blood flow and prevent numbness. Boys weighing 55kg donated 350ml whereas those above 55kg donated 450ml. Girls, irrespective of their weight, could donate only 350ml. || Photograph Courtesy: Ishika Somani


“All the people present here are celebrating Independence Day in its true sense by saving lives,” commented Balakrishna Maddodi, the Chief Guest. The highlight of this year’s drive was the Rotaract Club’s website launch. The website is designed by third-year MIT students, Neehar Phatak and Sumedh Bhosale. || Photograph Courtesy: Ishika Somani


Featured Image Courtesy: Ishika Somani

Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman