Students from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences host blood donation camp in partnership with KNBTS

By Ashwani Hirani, Ashil Lakhani and Arnold Birasa

On Thursday, September 29, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences celebrated World Pharmacists Day, which is celebrated worldwide. To mark this day, a blood donation camp was organized and was held by students from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in collaboration with Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS).

Blood transfusion is crucial for health care systems, blood donations are vital for saving patients experiencing an acute critical illness or chronic diseases such as severe blood disorders, oncologic conditions, and serious hemorrhagic complications after surgery, delivery, or major accidents. The blood donation drive attracted a total of 92 blood donors and a total collection of 92 pints of blood. According to KNBTS every 10 minutes, about 7 Kenyans need blood.

The event was also graced 3 alumni volunteers who graduated recently, Dr. Tanzeel Sheikh and Dr. Dhruti Kerai, and Dhruv Patel. It was a successful event, as was active participation from all our donors, indicating the activities of the School to educate the blood and USIU-Africa community on blood donation are bearing fruit.

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