|The BloodLink tent ready for donors at graduation square.|
The drive was facilitated by Bloodlink foundation partnering with Kenya Blood Transfusion Services in universities and tertiary colleges in the Western region of the country. The varsity Red Cross chapter provided volunteers and mobilized donors.
The pints collected will aid patients in Nyanza, Western and part of Rift Valley provinces.
Ms Wango observed the fear of students knowing their status and lack of confidentiality although blood donation doesn’t include VCT services.
Most of the students who turned up told Equator Weekly that the need to help save someone’s life prompted the act of charity. The blood collected will help accident victims, pregnant mothers in labour, anaemic and surgery patients amongst others.
Buxton Chavani, a 3rd year environmental science student, who was a first time donor urged others to help save lives. “There is no negative effect in donating because it is healthy and saves the patient in need” he said.
The donors benefited by knowing their blood group and being healthier because of replication of blood cells. Socially, it brings about the feeling of being a hero through helping someone in need too have a chance to live.
“we make a living in life by what we have but make life by what we give, that is why we are mandated to collected blood from voluntary donors.’ Said Albert Onyango, the regional blood recruiter.
Brendah Kibulo co-authored this post published on Equator Weekly