NUST Community Service Club (NCSC), in collaboration with Armed Forces Institute of Transfusion (AFIT), organized a blood donation camp this week, as part of their campaign which features regular blood-donation drives.
The 2-day camp held during December 15-16 was open to donors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for both days. Held at NUST Institute of Geographical Information Systems (IGIS) ground, NUST Main Campus, Islamabad, the event was a wonderfully managed affair, headed by NCSC volunteers Aimen Farzeen and Waqar Zahoor.
A steady stream of donors eager to fulfil their civic duty kept the organizers busy throughout the two days. The festive atmosphere also served to attract passers-by who arrived at the camp to see what all the fuss was about, and ended up volunteering their blood. Transport facility was also available for people willing to donate.
A high standard of hygiene was maintained by the organizers, and proper care was taken during the storage and transport of the collected blood. Safety and cleanliness of the utensils used was also ensured.
Each donor was properly screened for medical fitness before being allowed to donate. The donors were all required to take a blood test and get their weight checked before being given the green signal. Refreshments were given to each donor upon the completion of the process.
Although a large number of people showed up with the intention to donate, several were declared unfit. Despite this, 227 pints of blood were successfully collected.
According to the feedback reviews collected by the organizers, the donors were generally quite satisfied with the management and the set up. By the end of day 2, the Wall of Donors was covered with post-it notes containing quirky and heroic messages from donors.