There is looming blood shortage in Western
Region Blood bank in Mbarara district.
blood bank supplies blood to 16 districts that make up Kigezi region, Greater
Mbarara and Greater Bushenyi, Kasese, and Rakai district.
Dr. Andrew Byamungu, the in-charge of the Blood
Bank, says the advent of the corona pandemic has made it difficult for them to
He says the preventive measures instituted by
government against the spread of the virus such as the closure of schools and
ban on public gatherings have also affected their blood donation mobilisation
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Byamungu explains that they only have 2500
units of blood yet Mbarara alone uses over 1000 units every week.
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He says they need to collect at least 1000 units of blood
everyday so that they don’t get any shortage. Dr. Byamungu says they put
in places guidelines to enable them collect blood at the bank to avoid
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Dr. Peter Sebutinde, the Mbarara District
Health Officer, says 33 percent of the blood collected is donated by students.
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There are 33 confirmed Corona
virus cases in Uganda with more than 1000 suspected cases under institutional
in different centers and self-quarantine in their homes.
Over 685,000 people have been infected with
COVID-19 with over 2000 cases coming from Africa.