KAMPALA- The Ministry of Health has on Monday, July 15 received UGX 347million from MTN foundation to boost blood supply and services in Uganda.
According to the MTN, the project is estimated to cost UGX 347 million and is aimed at increasing access to blood, the assortment of items in the different blood banks of Arua, Mbarara and Mbale.
A blood component extractor for processing of blood plasma to extract components such as red and white blood cells and platelets for the Nakasero blood bank will also be produced under this project.
The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Diana Atwiine appreciated the support from MTN in improving the health of Ugandans.
“We call upon other private sector players to join the struggle for better health by putting even more efforts towards initiatives that promote Disease Prevention at National and Community level. Let’s contribute to our better health care/ lives together,” she said.
The MTN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Wim Vanhelleputte, in his remarks said that the telecom is committed to supporting the government of Uganda towards meeting the Global Sustainability Development Goal through the delivery of health services to the people of Uganda.
“We are proud of this partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion and Ministry of Health in ensuring that Ugandans have access to enough blood components across the country,” he remarked.