BY MUKOSOLU NZOM
National Blood Transfusion Service, South-East zonal centre Owerri, visited the Anambra State University for donation of blood from students. The event was organised by the Rotaract Club, ANSU chapter.
Many students came out on the second day of the event, and when most of them were asked their intentions of doing so, they had this to say, Chukwuaguba Palinus, a 100 level student of business administration said he wants to help people in need and that this is his first time making a blood donation. Chinyere Nwokolo, a 300-level student of mass communication said she has donated blood before and her reasons for doing it is to help save life.
One of the nurses who was helping to make the event a success explained that the squeeze ball that the donors have in their hands, is to help their vain pump properly. Another nurse explained that one does not just donate blood as there are certain tests to be run before blood is accepted for donation. She noted that after filling the form which will be given to you, your haemoglobin , BP And body weight will be checked as well.
For the body weight, one has to weigh from 50kg upwards and for blood from 12g upwards or 50percent. HIV status are checked later when taken to the lab, if anybody cares to know his or her status, the person will be told confidentially. He also added that they give blood for free or in rare cases sell it at #2000 while others sell #8000. Nurse Okorie Felicia .I. Who was in-charge of checking blood pressure, said that your BP has to be 90/60-140/90.
Blessing Obiagwu a 300 level student of economics the cordinator of Rotaract said that this programme has beenrunning for the past six years and that the aim is to help the needy.
Patrick Mbanefo the team leader/programme officer said that NBTS started in the year 2005 and they are always being invited to ANSU by JCI and Rotaract.