A 22-year-old woman has lost her life at Apac
Hospital due to lack of blood for transfusion.
Sandra Akello, a resident of Adok village,
Alworoceng parish in Ibuje Sub County was referred to Apac General Hospital by
Reproductive Health Uganda following a forced abortion.
She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the
hospital. Doctors say she had lost a lot of blood and needed urgent blood
transfusion. However, by the time she got to the hospital, the blood bank was
Dr. Sabiiti Fanuel, the Acting Medical Superintendent at Apac
Hospital confirmed the death of the mother, saying there was nothing that could
they could do to save her life.
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He says at the time of Akello’s death, their laboratory team
was collecting blood from Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
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Records from the laboratory show that it has been one week
since Apac Hospital ran out of blood. The last 15 units of blood were collected
on December 24th, 2019 from Gulu Blood Bank and used to save 26
On January 9th, 2020, the Hospital Administration was
forced to borrow a unit of blood from Florence Nightingale, a private Hospital
in the neighborhood to save the life of a little child brought in the emergency
Eight clients required blood transfusion between
January 6th and 10th. All were waiting on the blood from Lira.
Peter Odyek, the senior Laboratory Technologist and Lab manager at Apack
Hospital, says the biggest challenge is that at times there is blood, which isn’t
compatible with the blood type of the recipients.
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Joseph Onuk, the Senior Administrator Apac Hospital called on
everyone to donate blood in order to save others, saying blood is life.
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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital host Gulu Regional Blood
Bank, the only supplier of Blood in Northern Uganda.