Health Ministry reports countrywide Blood shortage
The Ministry of Health has called for the support from the Parliament to expand its blood collection capacity to meet the increased national demand. Hon. Dr. Moriku Joyce Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary Health Care, in a statement to Parliament on Thursday, August 18 2016 reported that the increase in the national population puts the blood demand at over 340,000 units.
“One of our key challenges is to expand the national blood collection capacity. Uganda Blood Transfusion Services collect only 240,000 units of blood annually. Additional human and financial resources are required urgently,” she said.
Dr. Moriku told Parliament that inadequate funding has curtailed the expansion of blood transfusion and storage structures.
“The country has only five regional blood banks serving the 13 regional referral hospitals. This leaves the country with a deficit of eight blood banks. The Ministry requires additional resources to meet this need,” she added.
She further informed the House that a purpose built regional blood bank requires Ugsh.7.6 billion to construct.
Moriku aded that the regional referral hospitals in Arua, Masaka and Moroto operate from a few borrowed rooms to run the blood transfusion service.
In response, the MPs tasked the Ministry of Health to improve the distribution of blood to all health centers across the country. Hon. Nandala Mafabi proposed that free blood be availed to all government hospitals. He rallied MPs to lead the campaign to donate blood by providing their own.