By Fred Kiva
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) is joining a blood donation drive aimed at addressing the current blood shortage in the country. Deputy Defense Deputy Spokesperson, Lt Colonel Deo Akiiki, says the army will on Monday carryout out a blood donation drive, within the vicinity of Makindye.
According to Akiiki, the exercise will be spearheaded by Military police, under the leadership of the Commandant Brig. Sabiiti Muzei.
“The public is encouraged to come and join UPDF in this noble cause to save Ugandans who need blood,” Akiiki says.
Shortage of blood recently hit Hospitals mainly in Kampala because of the referral status and population. The problem also affected hospitals in Arua,Gulu and Mbale, leaving patients in need of blood at risk of death.
Different Government agencies led by the Uganda Red Cross have since launched a mass drive across the country to collect blood from donors in a bid to save lives.
According to Uganda Red Cross 170,000 units of blood are required to reach the targeted demand of 360,000 units to sustain the whole country.
On Friday the Police also conducted a blood donation drive at the Senior Command and Staff College Bwebajja in Wakiso District.