By The Inspirer
The Rwanda National Police (RNP) blood donation activity continued this Saturday in the City of Kigali, where more than 500 Police officers boosted the national blood bank.
The voluntary human security exercise held at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru, which is part of the ongoing Police Month, came shortly after the monthly community work–Umuganda.
The activity in Kigali follows a similar voluntary exercise on Wednesday at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District where over 100 other officers donated blood.
The RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that the blood donation activities will continue in all other Police units and departments across the country.
“Security is a wide aspect; it includes saving lives, ensuring that people are healthy and improving their wellbeing, this is partly what the ongoing Police Month is all about… to supplement the national security and development agenda,” CP Kabera said.
“This is why RNP and Rwanda Biomedical Centre formalised the partnership, which involves donating blood to save those in need of blood in hospitals,” he added.
He explained that besides donating blood in this period of the Police Month, RNP conducts the same exercise every after three months.
RNP and RBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 to partner in aspects of health and security related healthcare.
Specifically, the long-term collaboration binds the two parties in blood donation, fighting against drug abuse among the youth, mental health interventions and sexual and gender-based violence.
Other areas of partnership include enforcement of laws and regulation against risks of Non-Communicable Diseases, fighting counterfeit, selling and smuggling of pharmaceuticals; research activities, creation of database for healthcare provision; and fighting corruption.
The ongoing Police Month also includes connecting 3000 households far from the grid, with solar energy; paying medical insurance for 3000 less privileged people; constructing six village offices as well as raising awareness against high impact crimes such as illicit drugs, gender-based violence, and teenage pregnancy, among others.
Source: The New Times
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