Blood Shortage Hits Masindi Hospital

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on Monday Evening in his office, Dr. Katusiime the medical superintendent Masindi Hospital says is it now a week since the shortage hit the facility.

Audio 3

Masindi Hospital has been hit by blood shortage.

Dr. Vicent Katusiime,  the medical superintendent Masindi Hospital told URN on Monday that it is now a week since they started experiencing the shortage.

He says in case of blood shortage the facility normally gets blood from Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. But at the moment Hoima regional Referral hospital is also having the same challenge.

Katusiime explains that they are now relying on blood from Kiryandongo hospital, although  they are expected to drive patients there instead of transporting blood.  

He explains that the most affected departments are the maternity, children's, male and the females' wards.  

//cue in:”I would like… Cue out:…and male wards.”//.

He says patients that are in need of blood are currently surviving on God's mercy adding  that many patients could lose lives because of this shortage.  

Dr Katusiime explains that every two months they receive new stock of blood but this time he is not sure whether the hospital will receive any.

He also noted that they have run shot of hepatitis B vaccine. He attributes this to the over whelming number of people they are receiving across the district who are turning up for immunization.  

//cue in:”Another shortage we…

Cue out:to catch up.”//.

On drug shortage, Katusiime explains that it is also another challenge and this has forced them to request patients to buy their own drugs. 

//Cue in:”The usual supply… Cue out:…as well as.”//.

Elizabeth Kaahwa, a resident of Kihaguzi village says that it is too costly for them to buy drugs and yet they pay tax on a daily basis.

James Tumusiime, a resident of Kijura cell in Masindi town says in order to have enough blood, government should put in place regional blood banks.