The blood bank team in Masaka is short of up to 600 units of blood meant to save lives within the region. The regional blood bank team is required to collect an approximate 1,250 units of blood to cater for emergency situations such as accidents, surgeries and women set for delivery.
However, the leader of the Blood bank team in Masaka Johnson Turyahebwa said, since the institution of the Covid-19 lockdown, the team collects an average of up to 650, half of the required number of units, leaving many people susceptible to death due to lack of blood.
According to Turyahebwa, the short of blood units collected in the region with assistance from the Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) is failing their target causing panic amongst patients and health workers. It is upon this background that KIS, Uganda Blood Transfusion services started a drive to donate blood in Kalangala.
Mr. John Opondo, the KIS Managing Director said, the drive is suffering setbacks from lack of donors from schools since many are not yet back due to the lock down. Some of the blood donors say, it is now high time all Ugandans join such cause to ensure that they save lives during this period.
Kalangala RDC Apollo Mugumya rallied People living near and in distant islands to donate blood so as to help the country.