The Fund in partnership with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services is conducting the NSSF annual blood from Monday 16th through to 21st January 2017. The drive is being conducted concurrently across 10 towns namely Kampala, Jinja, Masaka, Mbale, Hoima, Arua, Gulu, FortPortal, Mbarara and Lira.
Over the past six years the Fund has been able to collect over 6,000 units of blood through this annual blood donation exercise.
Launching the drive, the executive Director Uganda Blood Transfusion services Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune said that the Uganda Blood Transfusion service is having a shortage of 1300 units of blood daily.
The executive Director Uganda Blood Transfusion services Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune says out of the 1500 units of blood required at daily basis only 200 units of blood are being received at Nakasero blood Bank service center.
She says annually the country requires about 340,000 units of blood although approximately 200,000 units are collected annually.
She says during, holidays the institution finds a problem of collecting enough blood, because students are the ones mostly willing to donate blood.
She made the remarks while launching a blood donation week organized by the National social security Fund targeting collection of 3000 units of blood.
NSSF is targeting to collect over 3000 units of blood during the blood donation week.