Wednesday July 23 2014

Govt should give more resources to blood donation services

By Evelyn Bahiizi

I came across a media article about global health leaders asking for government support in the fight against blood shortage-related deaths. I want to add my voice to these leaders and ask my fellow citizens to do the same.
In the article, Mr Stefan Boll, the general manager of Diagnostics Products, Francophone and Southern Africa, said that there is an urgent need for global advocacy and coordinated efforts to focus on the impact that safe blood transfusions could have across Africa.

He further stated that women and children are the most affected, with 99 per cent of maternal deaths occurring in developing countries and more than half in sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa is also home to 15 of the 16 countries with an under-five mortality rate above 100 deaths per 1,000 live births.
For the past few years, maternal deaths and accidents have continued to rank among the top causes of death in our country.

Out of every five people in the country, at least one person has had the need for blood transfusion at some point in their life. We are all aware that blood is the one thing that every human being needs to survive.

It is because of this that I believe it is crucial that the government takes special interest in this issue and provides more resources and funds to the Uganda Red Cross, under the Ministry of Health. That is the greatest gift our government can give to its people.