Dr. Ahmed Bumba, the Principal Medical Officer in Charge of Mbale Regional Blood Bank, says to address the problem they have embarked on a door to door campaign calling upon Ugandans to donate blood. He explains that schools have been the biggest source of blood donors and their closure because of the COVID19 pandemic has hit the blood collection campaign hard.
Mbale Regional Blood Bank has started a door-to-door campaign to request good Samaritans to donate blood because of shortage. The
regional blood bank has been struggling to collect blood since the closure of schools on March 18, 2020.
The blood bank only collects up to 40 units of blood currently, compared to an average of 180 units the
bank used to collect daily before the lockdown.
Dr Ahmed Bumba, the Principal Medical Officer in Charge
of Mbale Regional Blood Bank, explains that schools have been the biggest
source of blood donors and their closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic has
hit the blood collection campaign hard.
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Dr Bumba said that they have split the three
teams that were collecting blood in the region into 15 smaller groups that will
be moving to rural areas in the search of blood donors. He says that they have started rationing the little available
blood and cautioned Health Facilities to only handle emergency cases because
the demand for blood keeps increasing.
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Dr Emmanuel Tugayineyo, the Director of Mbale
Regional Referral Hospital, says 90 per cent of blood donors in eastern Uganda are
students. Tugayinayo urged members of the public to embraces the blood
donation campaign at different centres to save lives of those that need transfusions.
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Mbale District Health Officer Dr Jonathan Wangisi says
the blood bank has cautioned health centres to use blood sparingly because they
are experiencing a shortage.