CAMPUS: The annual blood donation drive was held by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the National Service Scheme (NSS) in association with the Lions Club of Bangalore in the basement of the main auditorium on campus on Friday.
Four government hospitals, Indira Gandhi hospital, Sanjay Gandhi hospital, Kidwai hospital and Bowring hospital were invited to collect the donation. Students from various departments were seen participating in the donation.
St Josephs College holds this annual campaign to donate blood to the poor. “We collaborate with the Lions Club of Bangalore and send the blood to government hospitals only, so that they would reach the poor people who usually cannot pay for it,” said Mr Selwyn Paul, NSS Co-ordinator.
“All the units that we collect are sent to the poor, but if any of our students is in need of blood, the Lions Club would help us in procuring it,” he further added.
The campaign saw a collection of about 300 units of blood being collected till afternoon. “Last year we were able to collect around 350 units of blood, this year we have been able to collect a significant number of units and we expect more students to arrive later,” said Mr Paul.
The primary concern that people have while donating blood is safety. “We ensure that the prerequisites and safety measures, such as disposable syringes and needles, the blood group of the donor, and the required count of haemoglobin, among others are taken care of,” said Mr Paul.
– Akash S Vadanan, II MS COM