Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Saving three lives at a time - Blood Donation camp at IIT Roorkee

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men.
- Herman Melville

Blood donation campaign by National Service scheme at IIT Roorkee Hospital on 7th September was very well laid out. Students, faculties and staffs came up for this cause in big numbers.

Massive participation was observed and long queues predominantly comprised of enthusiastic youth who made their little and appreciable attempt to save someone somewhere. Throughout the day, the hospital was equipped with donors. Firstly, body mass index was properly checked and other requisites and precautions were considered. The collecting agency identified whether the blood is type A, B, AB or O and the donor’s Rh (D) type. Proper instructions were given during pre-and-post durations of blood donations to each individual. Volunteers distributed pamphlets of Do’s and Don’ts. Further, the screening of blood samples includes testing for diseases that can be transmitted by a blood transfusion, including HIV and viral hepatitis.

Blood transfusion is vital during pregnancy-related complications such as bleeding cases before, during or after delivery, for patients during surgical operations such as cardiovascular operations and organ transplant surgery, victims of accidents, cancer patients, patients with blood diseases etc.
Far flung impact of this blood drive proves that the finest gesture one can make is to save life by donating Blood. Blood donation is something you can do anytime, not just when there is an emergency, and be sure that you have helped someone. It takes only 45 minutes to donate 450 ml (one unit), which can save three lives. Do consider the fact the next time you see a blood donation camp. After all, we cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.

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