KAMPALA, Uganda: Lives are always lost when injured accident victims reach in hospitals and can’t access blood due to shortages. Nakasero Blood Bank, the body that is tasked with collecting blood can only do so with support from the public.
The Uganda Aviation School (UAS) has in one of its corporate Social Responsibilities kick- started a drive to collect blood through a severe blood donation campaign.
Started some five years ago, the UAS, one of the only two aviation schools in the East African region (another is in Nairobi) trains pilots, Airline Cabin Crew, Airline Customer Service and the aviation security among others.
Speaking to the Investigator at the blood donation tent at Constitutional Square on Wednesday, the Academic Registrar UAS Tania Rachael Naijuka said; “We are trying to close the gap. When you donate blood you do not only help those in need of it in times of emergency but also get to know your status as a person against diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatis B.”
She said the campaign also gives them the opportunity to create awareness regarding the Uganda Aviation School. She said the courses offered at UAS that leads to the award of certificates and diplomas in Cabin Crew, Aviation security and customer care are all certified by IATA.
“Apart from helping in the raise of blood. We need to notify East Africans that all our students get jobs after completing the various courses,” she said. Most of their students, The Investigator indeed established, get jobs with Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways and Emirates.
Tania said in December they will be shifting their corporate social responsibility toward supporting Sanyu Babies home, a charity organisation that takes care of abandoned babies.