KAMPALA – In light of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, Africell has partnered with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) and Blood 4 Uganda to offer valuable communication solutions.
According to Africell’s Spokesperson Edgar Karamagi, the telecommunication company has committed its media assets as well as continuing to implement various precautionary measures to drive awareness among the public about blood donation.
The media assets include toll-free numbers, phones, routers, cocial media, calls, sim cards loaded with data bundles.
“We are pleased to stand with our community at this time of collective uncertainty by offering a complete communication package that will enable people to reach out freely to Uganda Blood Transfusion services, blood availability is a vital aspect of any public health response and is required to save lives,” he said.
He added that the partnership enhances the community’s ability to access the blood banks all the time even in the lockdown.
“Get in touch with UBTS on the Toll-Free numbers; 0795-109 595, 0795-109 080 and 0795-108 508,” Mr Karamagi urged.
Mr Micheal Mukundane, the UBTS spokesperson revealed that there’s an urgent need for blood from voluntary donors for among others bleeding mothers, accident victims, cancer patients, and anemic children.
“Our daily need for Nakasero region alone is 300 safe units of blood, but at present we are only able to issue 200 units. There’s need for fresh blood to prepare blood components especially platelets of cancer patients. Platelets have a shelf life of five days and are prepared from fresh blood collected within 6 hours,” said Mr Mukundane.