The Military Police Brigade has participated in donating blood to help in saving the lives of many Ugandans in need.
The exercise which started at 8:00 o’clock, was organized by the Chieftaincy of Medical Services (CMS), Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS), and the Military Police Administration.
According to Dr Gideon Nuwagira, the Brigade Medical Officer, this is the second time the exercise is taking place this year with the first one having taken place in March.
“Due to the success of the first exercise, it was seen fit that the exercise be repeated. The need also encouraged military police to step up and donate blood,” Nuwagira said.
He added that UBTS has partnered with the unit in the blood donation exercise in order to show a sign of patriotism and live by the unit’s motto, “By example we lead.”
In March this year, the exercise collected 140 units of blood and the exercise is anticipated to raise more blood.
Nuwagira said that blood is still lacking in various hospitals yet the number of people in need is overwhelming and the only way to cub the disparities is to donate as many times as possible.
Blood donation exercise also covered other units of this Brigade that include Kiseka Barracks, Luzira, and Mbuya.
Senior Nursing Officer from UBTs, Joan Odyek condemned the bad acts of some medical persons who sell blood to patients yet blood is “free and donors donate freely.”
Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) appreciated the role played by military police in donating blood and turning up in big numbers towards this cause.
“As we approach the festive season, it is expected that road accidents could increase in number and people in need will too, it is therefore imperative to have as much blood as possible in stock to cater for the uncertainties.”
The body added that it’s a national call for all Ugandans to donate blood as it will be beneficial to all in one way or another at a point in time.