Uganda blood transfusion service refutes claims of blood shortage in the Country
The executive director Uganda blood transfusion services, Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune quashes media reports that they are facing blood shortages and states that they have 30,000 units of untested blood which they collected across the country.
Addressing journalists today at her offices in Kampala, Dr. Dorothy attributes the delay in testing to lack of re-agents used to test blood, confirming its safety before it is issued to various health facilities across the country.
She further assures the nation that by close of business today, NMS will have delivered the re-agents following a letter from the finance ministry asking NMS to supply them with the re-agents on credit.
However, the principal economist at the blood bank, Edward Mark says, the shortages are due to inadequate funding. He adds that they need a maximum of UGX32.29BN to run their daily duties and are only provided UGX.12.8BN which sometimes forces them to call for a supplementary for them to run their activities very well.
With the annual target of 300,000 units of blood to be collected, the service has so far managed to collect 150,000 units with each unit requiring UGX.120,000 to do the testing before it is sent to the health facility.
Now the authorities at the national blood bank are sure that by close of the day, they will be sending hundreds of units of blood to various health centers across the country.