A blood donation camp was organized by the National Service Scheme (NSS) Jamia, in collaboration with National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) near the Hygienic Mark café on Friday, August 11, 2011.
The medical assistance was provided by a team of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital along with the required blood donation van, equipped with all the necessary first aid medical facilities.
The programme was part of the ongoing three day International Youth Day celebration, which is scheduled from August 9-12.
The five hour humanitarian camp started at 10 a.m. in the morning and continued till 3 p.m. However there was a meek show of donors with just 14 units of blood donated.
“Although 17 students showed up in total, 3 of them were found unfit to donate,” told Ms. Meena Joshi, the counselor in the medical team from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital
A number of altruistic organizations working inside Jamia have a long history of organizing tremendously successful blood donation camps.
According to sources in National Service Scheme Jamia, at least 50 units of blood are usually donated whenever a camp is organized on campus.
“This is the first time we have seen such a low turnout,” said Mr. Ghulam Rasool, a NSS volunteer and a student in the Faculty of Humanities and Languages.
On being asked why the camp ended so skimpy, Mr. Rasool said, “one of the apparent reasons was the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Most of the students are fasting and it is prohibited according to the Shariah to donate blood during fast, which is also unadvised by the doctors on medical grounds.”
Though the camp ended with a comparatively low score, considering the fact that it was first of its kind in the current session, the effort was worthy of appreciation.
Scenes From the Event
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