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The Blood Donor  Society



International Thalassemia Day


The Blood Donation Society (BDS) of the Government College University (GCU) arranged an awareness walk to mark the International Thalassemia Day. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid led the walk that was attended by a large number students and faculty members. The students carried banners and placards with messages spreading awareness about thalassemia and its treatment. These banners and placards were signed by the students and faculty members.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU student societies played very active role in raising awareness in the society about different chronic diseases. “Prevention is better than cure. Every member of society should be screened [for thalassemia] through a simple blood test before marriage,” the vice chancellor said. GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babar Assi said GCU students donate more than one thousand pints of blood every year for children suffering from thalassemia.






Blood Donation Camp at GCU


The students of the Government College University Lahore have donated almost 100 pints of blood for the patients suffering from cancer at a one-day blood camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC).GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1200 pints of blood every year for the patients children suffering from thalassemia. Prof Shah called upon all the students to donate blood and highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. A large number of faculty members and female students also donated the blood at the camp.





GCU commemorates sacrifice of APS martyrs


The students and faculty members of Government College University Lahore commemorated the sacrifice of martyrs of the Army Public School by taking out a solidarity walk against terrorism extremism. “Education must be focused as it has a major role in fight against terrorism,” said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the participants of the walk organised by the Blood Donor Society and GCU Rovers’ Club from the university’s Postgraduate Block to Main Building.


The Vice Chancellor said terrorism could not be eliminated without fighting extremism, so Pakistan needed an education system which had a reach to the last children of the country and could inculcate in them tolerance and harmony. He also stressed the curriculum reforms in the primary and secondary levels of education, saying that GCU had held multiple policy dialogue in which it was a consensus among the academicians, journalists and intellectuals that the last sermon of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and 11th August speech of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah should be comprehensively be made part of school level textbooks. Prof Shah said that the APS incident united us as a nation against terrorism and extremism. 

Talking to media, the students also expressed their emotions and spoke about the pain they still feel remembering the APS victims. They believed that provision of quality education to all children would be the true revenge. They also chanted slogans in favor of the brave soldiers of Pakistan Army and other law enforcement agencies who had sacrificed their lives in war against terrorism.




Thalassemia patients spend day at GCU


Children suffering from Thalassemia Friday spent a memorable day at the Government College University Lahore visiting library, classes and academic departments, and then also led an on-campus awareness walk along with the Vice Chancellor, faculty members and students to highlight the importance of blood donation and parental diagnosis of the disease.


A group of physically-challenged students also participated in the walk which was organized by the University’s Blood Donors Society (BDS) and Fatimid Foundation in connection with the upcoming World Thalassemia Day.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah paid glowing tributes to the courage and strong faith of these Thalassemia patients in the Almighty Allah, and struggle of their parents for the life of their children. He said GCU had very active blood donation society which arranged blood for hundreds of Thalassemia patients every year. The Vice Chancellor highlighted need for mass awareness campaigns against the blood disorder across the country, saying that it is highly unfortunate that thalassemia is the most prevalent genetically-transmitted blood disorder in Pakistan despite the fact it could be prevented by a simple thalassemia test before marriage.


GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babr Assi also said that screening to identify thalassemia carriers, genetic counselling and prenatal diagnosis could greatly reduce the growth rate of thalassemia. Talking to media, a seven year old thalassemia patient, Madhia Sajid, said that her biggest fear was unviability of blood which she required twice a month for transfusion. She called upon the students to regular donate blood, so that she and her hospital friends (Thalassemia patients) could become doctors. The ten-year-old, Amna Arif, requested the government to launch awareness campaigns to promote voluntary blood donation by the young and healthy people.


Thalassemia patients Sajid Iqbal, Zoya Tariq, Mubashar Arshad, Salman Maqsood, Rimsha Munawar and Zaka Mujahid also participated in the walk. Earlier, they visited different departments of the university and met with the teachers and students. They were also briefed about the 150-years history and traditions of GCU.  






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