Blood donation camps by telco held across city to plug shortage

Blood donation camps by telco held across city to plug shortage
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After facing an acute blood shortage for several days, government hospitals across the city are benefitting from a conducted blood donation camp by MTN Uganda.

“Uganda is suffering a shortage of blood and what is important is that you, me and every able Ugandan can do something about it by joining the MTN Blood Drive. By donating blood, we are not just saving lives, we’re giving love and joy,” said Wim Vanhelleputte the CEO MTN Uganda, in a message to MTN staff as he encouraged them to be part of the drive.

MTN Uganda over the weekend started a drive in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Service (UBTS) to ensure that there is availability of blood in Uganda’s hospitals. The Ten-day drive is taking place at selected service centers in Kampala.

For ten days since December 1, 2017, MTN are working hand in hand with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services. Estimates from UBTS indicate that on annual basis, about 340,000 units of blood are required. However, UBTS is only able to raise about 200,000 units, leaving a shortage of over 100,000 units. That explains the importance of the blood donation drives.

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