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Hospitals Not Accounting for Blood- UBTS

According to UBTS Executive Director Dr Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, this conservative move is being considered after accusations of health workers selling blood to desperate patients in addition to hoarding to cause artificial shortages.

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Health facilities that are not accounting for the blood supplies they get from Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) risk not getting refills. 

According to UBTS Executive Director Dr Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, this conservative move is being considered after accusations of health workers selling blood to desperate patients in addition to hoarding to cause artificial shortages.  

Kyeyune says they have come up with a well- documented mechanism to reflect who gets transfused but hospitals have continued ignoring the directive to account and document how they use the blood distributed. This continues even after the Director-General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health has severally written to them concerning this.   

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Out of desperation, she said relatives of patients that need blood end up going to blood banks themselves after undergoing a lot of hurdles with access at the facility level, something that is not allowed. She adds that blood should only be ordered by a clinician.

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State Minister of Health in charge of Primary HealthCare Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu said they have been alerted about a number of challenges that affect the accessibility of blood including storage whereby some facilities lack fridges creating a need to run to the blood bank all the time when someone needs blood.     

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Kaducu was speaking at the handover of a donation of equipment and medical commodities at the Joint Medical Stores headquarters in Kampala this afternoon. The equipment includes four fridges for blood storage. 

She said that because of the increase in donation drives and awareness efforts, they were able to collect 280,000 units of blood last year, the highest ever which she said is a good initiative that stands to be affected by unscrupulous individuals that have turned blood supply into a form of business.

Kyeyune urges the public to report whoever sells them blood to authorities.   

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Last year, at the height of the malaria outbreak, the Ministry of Health launched a nationwide drive to lure more people into donation. The target was to collect 50,000 units of blood and the minister says that target has been surpassed and there’s currently no stock out in the country.

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