Health Ministry: No More Blood Shortage

information pills geneva; font-size: small;”>The shortage of blood supply late last month was exacerbated by lack of screening kits for Hepatitis, which implied that no transfusion would be administered on safety grounds.

Director General Health Services Dr. Jane Aceng told reporters in Kampala on Thursday that the issue of availability of the kits had been resolved and the situation is steadily normalizing.

“While blood was available, we could not risk releasing any unit of it because it was not screened for hepatitis,” she said.

“The kits are now available countrywide and have been supplied to all collection centres of Nakasero, Mbale Mbarara, and Gulu”


She went on: “Safe blood is now being screened and made available to all health facilities on a daily basis.”

Late last month, the country was plunged in panic when media reported acute shortage of blood supply across the country, compelling even the national Heart Institute at Mulago National Referral Hospital to close down its operations.

About 15 people were confirmed to have succumbed to the crisis mainly for Eastern Uganda.

As the situation run out of hand, the Ministry of Health together with NGO’s and private enterprises were compelled to hold nationwide blood donation drives to steer clear of further calamity.

Dr. Jane, however, reassured Ugandans that the situation has now been contained.

While she could not establish the exact harm that had been done, she noted that it could not be that grave.

“Although other regions didn’t have blood, others had some surplus units that they had carried over from the previous moths,” she said.

Aceng confided that “all measures are being considered to ensure that such a crisis doesn’t befall the nation ever again.”

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