Students and Staff Donate 200 Pints of Blood

Maria Wanjiku, final year Telecommunications Engineering student (right) joins other students to donate blood at the Main Campus, Friday

Maria Wanjiku, final year Telecommunications Engineering student (right) joins other students to donate blood at the Main Campus, Friday

Students and staff at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Main Campus Juja, have donated over 200 pints of blood in a drive that came to an end Friday October 24, 2014.

The drive, jointly organized by Bloodlink Foundation, Kenya Blood Transfusion Centre and JKUAT Red Cross Chapter, was the second this year, and it aims to restock Kenya’s blood banks for effective response in times of disaster and emergency.

Hillary Asiyo, one of the mobilizers, hailed the student community for responding to the call to donate blood; a practice that has defined the university’s Red Cross Chapter calendar for years.

“Donating blood gives another chance at life without harming the donor. We are grateful to students and staff who have participated in this noble cause,” Asiyo said.

Muli Myra, a final year Food Science student and a regular donor challenged fellow students to come out in the subsequent drives to donate blood.

“We never know who will need blood next. It could be you, a sister, a parent or a relative,” Myra said.

To donate blood, one needs to be 16 years and above. Blood can be donated at medical facilities across the country or at Kenya Blood Transfusion Centres.

A unit of blood can be used to save more than one life. Males and females can donate every 3 and 4 months, respectively.

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