UBTS in drive to collect 75,000 units of blood

UBTS in drive to collect 75,000 units of blood

The Uganda Blood Transfusion Services  (UBTS) is in a drive to collect at least 75,000 units of blood.

The campaign dubbed 75,000 units in 75 days commenced in October as a way of preparing for the likely demand of blood during the festive season.

Annette Akiror, a Phlebotomist and Counsellor at Nakasero Blood Bank, says that during the season, they experience shortage of blood.

The campaign she says has been embraced by several companies in Uganda.

Akiror was speaking on Saturday at the sidelines of a blood donation drive organized by the Centre for Legal Aid dubbed “Kulika Boat” at the UBTS offices in Nakasero.

Uganda needs 340,000 units annually, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to effectively supply all hospitals in the country. However, approximately 200,000 units are collected annually in the country.

Uganda’s primary blood donors are the pupils and students who contribute approximately 80% of the blood donated with the rest people eligible to regularly donate blood contributing only 1%.

Centre for Legal Aid lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde says that the law firm was inspired by the spirit with which several Ugandans offered to rescue fellow citizens following last month’s boat accident that killed 33 people.

Ssemakadde observes that majority of the adult population needs to be sensitized to appreciate their civic duty to donate blood.

Akiror says before blood is donated, the donor is screened for any ailments.

This publication spoke to some people who embraced blood donation drive.