The country can only collect about 170,000 units of blood a year, compared to the recommended 300,000 units by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In a bid to reduce blood shortage, the National Social Security Fund [NSSF] has launched 2020 NSSF Annual Blood Donation Drive at Workers House, in Kampala.
NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba on Monday told media the annual blood drive is in response to an appeal from partners to collect more blood to prevent shortages that normally hit the country in January.
He also added that blood is unique and cannot be manufactured which means that regular donations by unpaid blood donors remains the only source of sufficient, quality and safe blood.
Byarugaba said that the 2020 NSSF annual blood drive campaign is aimed at recruiting voluntary, unpaid blood donors across the country.
He noted that for sustainability purposes, the NSSF Blood Donation campaign also aims at promoting a blood donation culture amongst Ugandans, thus enabling Uganda to meet the health sector’s safe blood requirements.
Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune, the Executive Director of the UBTS at the Ministry of Health, also made her presentation during the launch of the 2020 NSSF Annual Blood Donation Drive.
She narrated that Uganda’s healthcare system, uses about 1,500 units of bloods daily, but as the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services they can collect only on average 1,250 units daily of the required blood.
Dr. Dorothy added that the problem of blood shortage can become critical especially during December and January when learning institutions are closed.