By Wasswa Deo
Uganda blood transfusion services needs at least 22 billion Uganda shillings in coming financial year budget to be able them carry out it’s mandate nationwide.
Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune, the executive director of the Uganda blood transfusion services says following the end of donor collateral funding, their budget got a deficit of 7 billion shillings.
According to her, this means that there is need of alternative funding to cover up the deficit and the quicker alternative to this, is government funding.
Dorothy said this during the launch of the national wide blood donation campaign. It has been dubbed 77 days of donating blood aims at collecting 400 units of blood daily in the next 77 working days.
Uganda blood transfusion services will ran the campaign in conjunction with two communication agencies, they aim at getting and a total of 30800 units by the end of the campaign.
Dr. Dorothy, however warned medical practitioners who sell blood to patients to stop it. According to her , this is another form of corruption and urged whoever asked for money to access blood in health centers to desist from paying and also to go to nearest police station to report the case.