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.
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
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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.