Uganda Blood Transfusion Services in need of more money
The Uganda Blood Transfusion Services(UBTS) says its in need of over 20bn shillings for strategizing on mitigating blood shortage in the country.
The budget has been presented to the parliament health committee by the Executive Director UBTS Dorothy Byabazaire as she appeared before the committee for assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on blood donation.
Byabazaire notes that the corona pandemic had a great impact on blood collection as the donors were scarce and had to be looked for deep in their villages.
She told the committee that since July 2019 to June 2020, UBTS collected 288,663 units of blood against a target of 300,000 units but from April 2020 to date only 56,850 units of blood have been collected against a target of 75,000 units performance hence the need to strategies on how best the blood can be collected from the donors during this pandemic.
The 20bn shillings is to cater for calling and mobilizing of blood donors, recruitment of volunteers to support blood collection, vehicles for transporting of staff for blood collection.