FOR the first time in seven years, there was no blood shortage in 2006 in all hospitals countrywide, a blood bank official revealed yesterday.
Lorenzo Kaggwa of the Nakasero Blood Bank said they collected 144,800 units of blood in 2006, which was 78% of the annual target of 186,000 units.
He said because of the success, all hospitals had an adequate supply of blood.
â€œThis was good. We managed to meet the demand for blood in all regional hospitals and right now we have enough blood in stock.â€
He commended the donors for saving lives and urged other potential donors to give blood.
Kaggwa anticipated a 20% growth
in terms of collection this year, saying last yearâ€™s grew by 7%.
He said they would set a new target in June and added that blood would be collected at the seven regional collection centres nationwide.
â€œThe biggest challenges that we must fight are inadequate donor education and low donor motivation.â€
Hospital blood supply enough