By Nathan Atiluk
Leading telecommunications provider Airtel Uganda has announced a week long blood drive in a bid to reduce on the blood shortage in Ugandan hospitals and health centers. This announcement was made at an early morning press conference at the Airtel Uganda head offices where staff members, members of the media and passers-by were encouraged to come and donate blood.
With a goal of 4,000 pints of blood, this blood donation drive will also see Airtel Uganda highlight recipients’ stories across their various media platforms in order to encourage more Ugandans to get into the habit of donating blood.
According to Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, 80% of blood donated in Uganda is collected at secondary schools and yet it is those Ugandans outside of these schools who use the Blood Transfusion Services most.
“Now that we are in holidays, we are experiencing a significant drop in blood collected and this in turn means more lives lost. I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for allowing to partner with us on this cause and I encourage Ugandans to come and save lives by donating blood,” Byabazaire commented.
Speaking at the press conference and on behalf of Airtel Uganda, Mr. Anwar Soussa, the Managing Director commended Uganda Blood Transfusion Service for the good work they do all year round.