Students donate blood to save lives

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Students donate blood to save lives

May 22, 2015.

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Dimpho Nkitseng donating blood (pic by Immanuel Mushavhela)

By Simbarashe Mudzviti and Immanuel Mushavhela

Braamfontein-IT was all red in the second floor on May 21, 2015 as Damelin students took turns to donate blood to save the lives of people who lack haemoglobin, have cancer, burns, or lose blood due to various circumstances.

In an interview with Joburg Central Times, during the blood drive exercise, Nonkululeko Kgabale, Donor Care Officer (DCO) said the importance of donating blood could not be underestimated as it saved millions of lives the world over. “Donating blood save people’s lives especially those who are short of haemoglobin and those who have cancer and those with burns”. Kgabale said.

Asked if smokers could also donate, Kgabale said that they were welcomed but pointed out that if they do, it was clinically advisable them to resume smoking two hours after donating. She said smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict (become small) which affect the normal flow of blood to other parts of the body. She added that this affected circulation of blood in the brain as insufficient oxygen will be received which increases the chances of them fainting.

“ I would like to urge people that they must donate blood at least four times a year to save the lives of those in need”, Kgabale said.

Devaneliah Oliphant, a Human Resource Management (HRM) student who donated blood said she chose to donate blood as there is a scarcity of blood adding that there were a lot of people who were in need. “My mother is the one who encouraged me to donate blood. I would like to urge others to donate because it can save someone’s life”, she said.

Also, with the altruistic desire to save lives, Dimpho Nkitseng, a Civil Engineering student echoed the same sentiments that it was the heartfelt desire to save people’s lives that motivated her to donate. “My friends are the ones that encouraged me to donate as they also donated. People must donate blood because you don’t know who might need blood even in your family”, Nkitseng said.

But not all students donated as they gave the other side of the coin in their defence. Shaun Masera, a 1st year Journalism and Media Studies student said he did not risk donating as he was a smoker.

A source who requested to remain unknown, said she was not prepared to donate as she was afraid that the officials might want to test her for HIV. “I am not ready to know my status yet”, She said.

Another third year Diploma in Public Relations student, Refiloe Tsotetsi said she was willing to donate but the officials had told her that she lacked enough iron. “They told me that I don’t have enough iron but it was my wish to”, she said.

This is the second blood drive at Damelin this year.

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