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Students give blood

Maciu Malo
Saturday, December 08, 2012

UNIVERSITY of the South Pacific students in Lautoka giving blood for the first time collected more than 95 pints.

Lautoka Campus Blood Drive organising chairman Dennis Sen said it was a successful drive and pointed out that last year's contribution was recognised by the Ministry of Health as the highest collector of blood in the tertiary institution category in the Western Division for 2011.

In the most recent drive 41 pints of blood that could potentially save up to 123 lives were collected.

"This brings the total amount of blood collected by the campus this year to 95 pints.

"By organising blood drives, the campus hopes to raise awareness of the importance of saving someone's life and urge members of our community to come forward and donate blood to curb shortage of blood in our hospitals," Mr Sen said.

"The tertiary institutions have a lot of students and they should partner with hospitals on such a worthy initiative."

Campus director Dr Pramila Devi said the initiative was part of the Lautoka Campus regional community engagement project.