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Gulu Regional Blood Bank has failed to raise its targeted blood units over the past two months due the limited number of donors. 95% of the blood donated at Gulu Regional Blood Bank comes from students from Acholi, Lango and West Nile regions. The remaining percentage is collected from communities through blood donation drives and campaigns.
Charles Kidega, the blood donor recruitment manager Gulu Regional Blood Bank explains that their monthly target is to collect 1,980 units of blood. He however, says they have failed to meet their target over the past two months, which he says puts them in a tricky situation in case of emergencies.
According to Kidega in November about 1,500 units of blood were collected while in October before the students broke off they collected close to 2000 units. As a result appeals to members of the public to volunteer and donate blood as it is core in saving lives of those in the hospital and those in challenging health situations.
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He says that the more units of blood donated, the more people are saved adding that, a unit of blood could save one adult while for the children a unit can save four children.
Dr Nathan Onyaci, the director Gulu Regional referral hospital says children and expectant mothers are the biggest beneficiaries of blood transfusion. He however, says a decrease in malaria cases has helped the situation.
Martin Ojera, a regular blood donor says he thought donating blood would make him weak. He however says that his perception changed after he donated blood for the first and realized he was still normal.