Students bring blood drive to WCM-Q
January 2017

Dr. Grigory Ostrovskiy, assistant professor of emergency medicine at WCM-Q.

Nathan Heberley, WCM-Q’s software development manager, donates to the blood drive.

A total of 43 people donated blood to Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) at a blood drive hosted at WCM-Q and coordinated by the college’s students.

A group of four pre-med 2 students teamed up with the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), a student organization, to coordinate the event at WCM-Q. HMC set up a donation station in the college’s South Hall and rarely had a quiet moment as students, faculty and staff from all over Education City stopped by to give blood.

Med 3 students Rula Al-Baghdadi, FMIG president, and Nourhan Kika, FMIG vice president, were approached by Pre-med 2 students Wajiha Yousuf, Hania Ibrahim, Gowrii S. Ganesan and Tehniyat Baig with the plan for the blood drive.

Dr. Grigory Ostrovskiy, assistant professor of emergency medicine at WCM-Q.

Nourhan Kika, Gowrii Ganesan, Hania Ibrahim (back row), and Rula Al-Baghdadi (front), of the
Family Medicine Interest Group.

Rula said: "Since we set up the Family Medicine Interest Group in 2015 we have wanted to organize a blood drive but it wasn’t until the pre-med students approached us with some useful contacts that we were able to do so. We are extremely pleased and grateful that so many people from all over Education City and WCM-Q gave up their time to come and donate blood."

Nourhan said: "There is always a need for more blood donations and there have been appeals on the radio for donors recently. We thought that there would be lots of people at EC who want to donate blood but perhaps don’t have time to go to the hospital, so we guessed that if we helped set up a station in a convenient location there would be a really good response, which there was.

"We are very thankful to HMC for bringing their station here and to staff at WCM-Q who helped make it possible."