Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Over 170 students and staff donated blood at the 14th Blood Donation Drive hosted by Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with Latifa Hospital, Dubai on 4th and 5th November 2012.

The two day event drew 105 donors on the first day followed by 86 on the second. The department came very close to beating their own record of 191 donors made in the previous edition. 

Students waiting to donate blood
Photos by Salomi Gujare, 2nd year Biotechnology. For more.

 "We organize this event every year because we want to help people save lives. Also, at times there is shortage of blood in the blood bank in Dubai, and holding this drive helps them to replenish their stock in the blood bank," said Kanika Turani, a biotechnology student and one of the student organizers at the donation drive.

"More over, its a wrong notion that blood is needed only on victims that have met with a major accident, but blood is also needed for blood transfusion from Cancer and Thalassemia patients," said Turani.

Students donating the gift of life
Photos by Salomi Gujare, 2nd year Biotechnology. For more.

Palwinder Dillion, a biotechnology student at Manipal University, Dubai said that it's great that we are making a difference as a class creating awareness among the student community and encouraging them to come forward to make a donation to give someone else the gift of life.

By Srijita Chattopadhyay

The writer is a final year undergrad media and communications student specializing in journalism at Manipal University, Dubai.