[PHOTOS]: 800 Police officers donate blood
Close to 800 Police officers, yesterday, donated blood as part of the force’s efforts to boost the national blood banks.
The blood donation exercise was held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru and overseen by the National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT).
Speaking to Police officers who queued for the voluntary exercise, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, said that, “donating blood means giving life”.
DIGP Marizamunda thanked the officers for turning up in good number for the humanitarian act, and urged them to maintain the make voluntary spirit and make it a culture.
Explaining on why RNP has for the past two years been actively in blood donation exercise, DIGP Marizamunda said: “Safety is a wide aspect; physical security and public healthcare are essential life needs. This is why police officers have committed themselves to join the campaign to have enough blood in the bank to save those in need and to save lives.”
This is the third time, Police officers operating at the headquarters have donated blood. Similar exercise have also been held in other regional police units.
Dr. Swaibu Gatare, the Division Manager of the National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT), commended RNP for being on the forefront to donate blood, and appreciated thanked each officer, who turned up in big numbers for the exercise.
“This is an act of saving lives...giving patients another chance to live,” Dr. Gatare said.
“We always work together with RNP in ensuring public health welfare; blood donation signifies the value, dedication and sacrifice our police have for the people,” he added.
Dr. Gatare challenged other Rwandans to support the blood bank.
"It is quite important to have more blood in the bank to help patients in hospitals especially victims of accidents and mothers giving birth, who after losing excess blood get into a critical condition to recuperate," Dr. Gatare said.
The voluntary exercise is in line with the Memorandum of Understanding between RNP and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) signed in March last year, which binds the two institutions in aspects of health and security related healthcare.
The agreement also focuses on fighting against illicit drugs, sexual and gender based violence; mental health interventions; prevention and detection of fraud and public funds embezzlement in healthcare agencies, among others.
The blood donation exercise was also graced by several other top senior officers.