CP Herman Owomugisha, the Deputy Head of Peace Support in Uganda Police, has encouraged Ugandans to embrace the practice of voluntary blood donation to help Uganda Blood Transfusion Services, the government agency mandated to collect blood, meet the ever growing demand.
Owomugisha said donating blood will help to support patients who need blood and health facilities around the country that are faced with blood shortage.
Owomugisha made the call on Saturday while speaking at the function to launch blood donation drive in the Kigezi sub region.
He was representing the deputy IGP Brig Muzeyi Sabiiti during the Doing Good blood campaign donation at Kabale municipal stadium in Kabale municipality.
The event was organized by the Uganda police force, Kabale regional referral hospital and Uganda blood transfusion services
Dickens Bindeba the Kabale district police commander said the campaign, which was launched by Brig Muzeyi in Kampala is a response to the acute shortage of blood that different hospitals in the country are grappling with.
Bindeba said that Ugandans need to learn the value of donating blood voluntarily, which he said is insurance for the donor or their relatives in case of any medical problem.
Jude Collins Busingye the Kabale regional referral hospital Lab manager said the hospital gets about 68 cases of patients that need blood every month, mostly pregnant mothers and road accident causalities.
Over 150 people participated in the donation, which was closed with a friendly football match at Kabale stadium where Arsenal Funs defeated Manchester United fans.