Mafabi Tips Gov’t On Blood Donation


sales geneva;”>Mafabi said the current policy of delivering requirements like blood screening kits from the National Medical Stores before the blood donation exercise takes a lot of time which affects the target.

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ed geneva;”>“This bill for blood donation will help avert blood shortage in the country,” he said.

He said this at the Opposition-led blood donation exercise at Parliament on Friday.

Mafabi called on all blood banks to draft the bill which favors their operation and that Parliament will support them.

“One of the problems faced by blood bank is lack of screening kits which is provided by National Medical Stores and yet it does not import enough kits, therefore the bank should import itself,” he added.

The blood donation exercise followed the recent inspection visits by Mafabi to health institutions in Uganda which exposed acute blood shortages in hospitals visited.

It should be noted that the Auditor General recently released a report for the month of June 2013 indicating poor organization structure and management at Uganda Blood Transfusion services.

The report indicates that UBTS did not provide adequate supplies for blood collection equipment to all its Regional Blood Banks and Blood Collection Centers (BCCs) for efficient collection of blood from potential blood donors and lacked a replacement policy for the worn out equipment.

It reveals that organization provided 47,750 quadruple bags worth Shs.653, 458,750, to transfusing units for whole blood transfusion and not component therapy.

“This is a waste considering that the 3 blood bags attached to these quadruple bags had to go to waste,” states the report.

However, Mrs Dorothy Kyeyune, the Director of UBTS told Chimpreports that in the past UBTS has been able to meet hospital blood requirements except during the recent episode of unavailability of test kits,” she said.

She also responded that according to WHO requirements, a country should achieve a 1 percent blood collection of the total population and not 2 percent as the report claimed.

“This is for an ideal situation as in developed countries where blood is used in addition to the basic transfusion needs for sophisticated medical and surgical procedures, trauma care and management of blood disorders,” said Mrs Kyeyune.


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