Michael Mukundane, the Coordinator for the National Blood Bank said despite increased awareness and change in blood collection strategy from mainly targeting schools, they continue to face sporadic shortages and can’t fully hit their annual targets.
Ronald Kawaddwa, the chairperson of Mengo Rotary Blood Bank, told journalists in Kampala that the money, once collected, will be used to complete the blood processing cycles that will be used for equipping the facility. He says the intervention will boost to the recently acquired transfusion transmissible infection testing machines.
The expansion of the infrastructure of the existing blood banks and the construction of the six target banks was expected to improve delivery of health services and improve blood supply in all hospitals . But with limited funding, the plan could not be realized.
Hundreds of police officers in Arua central police station barracks have fled their units after they were told that a compulsory blood donation has been organized ahead of the visit of the Inspector General of Police Kale Kaihura and the European Ambassador to Uganda, Roberto Ridolfi.