Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has started a drive to donate blood and save lives of ailing Ugandans now stranded in hospitals without blood.
Running under the hashtag #YouTooCan, the party is asking Ugandans to help save life by donating blood at FDC Headquarters Najjanankumbi on 14th February 2018.
“The only gift a lover can donate to a loved one on Valentine’s Day is blood. Fellow Ugandans, lets save life by donating blood this coming Wednesday 14th February 2018 at FDC National Headquarters starting at 9am – 5pm.”
Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] has already embarked on a similar drive in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Service.
KCCA run a 3-day Blood Camp at City Hall Gardens starting Wednesday 7th which is closing today, Friday 9th February 2018 from 9am to 5pm.
The Camp has been open to all who wanted to donate blood at its City Hall Headquarters in Kampala.
“We are happy to be part of this life-saving campaign. To all our ‘Bloody Heroes’, we thank you!”
Members of Parliament on Tuesday suggested a blood donation drive while urging the Ministry of Health to urgently address the shortage of blood in the country.
This follows the recent call for blood donation by the Ministry of Health owing to media reports that indicated that there was a blood shortage countrywide.
The MPs cited an incident broadcast on television, in which a man was shown slitting the throat of a guinea pig and draining its blood.
He then mixed the blood with an unknown substance and gave a 4 year-old child to drink as a substitute for human blood.
MP Beatrice Anywar reiterated the need for Members of Parliament to lead a blood donation drive.
“MPs should live by example and mobilize blood donation drives,” said Anywar.
Odonga Otto urged the Ministry of Health to device strategies to encourage Ugandans to donate blood saying it was unfortunate that it is increasingly becoming a common practice for hospitals to sell blood and yet it is supposed to be free.
The Minister of State for Health (General Duties), Sarah Opendi attributed the blood shortage to lack of funds to procure re-agents to screen blood.
She said the Ministry of Finance has released Shs 5bn for the procurement of re-agents and supplies.