Uganda Blood Shortage Fury


viagra sale geneva;”>“The work of the Blood Bank is to distribute safe blood and if it does not have it, order why shouldn’t it close shop?” wondered Bayiga.

“It’s the responsibility of this government to ensure that the national blood bank has enough treated blood for the safety of its people,” Lulume told journalists at the DP party headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday.

He further noted that during a recent visit by the opposition Members of parliament to the Eastern region, it was discovered that most hospitals lacked blood, leading to high mortality rates.

Mukono MP, Betty Nambooze, says Uganda has for several weeks been grappling with acute blood shortage after running out of testing Kits in the Blood Bank.

“There is no single blood unit available to give patients in critical condition and this includes Mulago Referral Hospital, which marks the worst blood shortage in the country ever,” says Namboole.

“The fact is that there are thousands of units of blood in the Blood Bank but the country run out of testing kits which are supplied by National Medical Stores,” added the legislator.

“Blood is not just got from a donor and transfused into the body of a recipient but needs to be processed first. It costs $80 which is about Shs 200,000 to process one unit of blood and a referral hospital on average needs about 50 units that costs Shs 10,000,000 to process, to run a safe week, this is what Uganda cannot afford,” added Nambooze.

“The issue now is not the blood but the testing kits and donating blood at the moment would be futile because it may not be used unless testing kits are availed. The testing kits are imported from Germany and if an order was placed today they would be delivered in three months.”

Health Ministry publicist, Rukia Nakamatte, claims the ministry has delivered kits to only three major referral hospitals well equipped with automated blood testing machines.

Other regional Blood Banks in Fort Portal, Kitovu and Gulu with semi automated machines are likely to see an increase in the death of patients especially road accident victims.

Bayiga called upon government to put automated blood machines in all hospitals including health centers in the country.

“Uganda was a signatory to the Abuja declaration where government pledged to give 15 percent of their budgets to the health sector but our government only contributes 7 percent to this vital sector,’’ stressed Bayiga.

“Rwanda which used to seek advice from us on how to fight HIV AIDS is the one we are now where we are running to for advice,” he charged.


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