Blood Shortage Hits National Blood Bank


visit this geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to Dorothy Byabazaire, the director of Uganda blood transmission services, the shortage is attributed to increased accidents as result motor accidents which occur every day.

Byabazaire made the remarks while officiating at the blood donation exercise where the National Blood Bank was partnering with Electoral Commission to promote blood donation in the country.

She also cited the fact that after many people neglecting blood donation despite the constant call by blood donation services for people to give out blood, there is no more blood coming in.

“Currently, the blood donation service only receives 24,000 litres which cannot sustain the whole country. Yet it’s supposed to collect 333 million litres per year to sustain the whole population,” Byabazaire said.

She also attributed the blood shortage to increased accidents by the boda boda riders which contributes 70 percent at Mulago hospital.

Byabazaire further attributed blood shortage to poor malnutrition which leaves a very big percent of the national population not to be in position to donate blood.

The exercise with the theme “this Christmas season help save life, give a gift of blood” was launched at Electoral Commission main offices at Jinja road in Kampala.

Byabazaire also cited the shortage of facilities where they are keeping blood which makes it to go bad.

“On average, the blood bank looses between 40 to 60 units of blood.”

She called for more government funding to avail more storage equipments to reduce the percentage which is spoilt every day.

Byabazaire notes that on average, a normal man is supposed to donate blood four times annually while women are supposed to donate blood twice because of their menstrual cycle.

Speaking at the same function Badru Kiggundu, the Chairman of Electoral Commission, pledged his support to facilitate the exercise.

He called upon Ugandans to embrace the exercise citing the dangers of blood shortage if not addressed.


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