A group of eight students from the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Human Development (UHD) organised an activity to raise awareness about health through checking blood—they offered partakers free blood tests for the following health conditions: Blood Sugar Level, Blood Pressure, Blood Type, Rose Bengal, Widal, and Helicobacter Pylori.
Desks were lined
up in the main square of the UHD campus, and volunteer students, now acting as phlebotomists
under the supervision of their teachers, carefully drew blood from the partakers
and analysed it, and returned the results in a short time. The devices they used
for taking and testing blood like medical syringes, tubes, glucose metres and haematology
analysers were all provided from the labs at the College of Health Sciences along
with other facilities.
Such activity is
important in the sense that it helps people to know about their health problems
early and allows them to seek medical treatment in advance—many diseases can be
prevented in this way. It will also reduce the pressure on the health system;
people generally would not need to be hospitalised if they had treated their
problems at an early stage.