By Alex Balimwikungu
Kampala International School of Uganda (KISU) has kicked started a blood donation campaign to help reduce blood scarcity in Uganda.
Over the weekend, there were over 200 units of blood were donated by parents, teachers, and support staff as the drive kicked off at the school’s auditorium.
The overwhelming blood donation drive, which impressed the blood bank officials and the school management, flanked by city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, was started by two students with the help of their teacher Mrs. Lang Jacqui.
Overcome by joy, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia said: “I am glad that these young students have the heart to save lives. We are all potential patients and you will never know when you need blood to survive or save your loved one. We are asking other schools to join us in this drive to compliment this effort as it saves people from dying,”
Joan Odyek a senior nurse with Nakasero Blood Bank was humbled by the gesture shown by the students. “We are pleasantly surprised by the gesture. We are thankful to KISU teachers and staff for efforts aimed at saving lives and joining other partners” she said.
She revealed that whereas there is a need of at least 340,000 units of safe blood annually, they normally collect up to 200,000 units.