Lira regional blood bank collects 900 blood units in January


Blood units. Courtesy photo.

By Regina Lalam    

The blood bank is now able to serve more than 25 health facilities in Lango sub-region and two in Teso, including some parts of Karamoja.

Lira—4, February 2021: Lira regional blood bank says it was able to collect a total of nine hundred blood units [900 units] in the month of January 2021.

The ‘bank’ also reveals this was against its set target of one thousand two hundred [1,200 units] in the same month.

Mr Pius Otika Okello, the acting Managing Director Lira regional blood bank revealed this on Wednesday in an exclusive interview, adding that the gap is attributed to the general elections which disrupted the attention of the communities who would have donated blood.

Another reason he gave was lack of mobilization due to limited funds. “We have not done blood drive as we used to do for a period of one week,” Mr Okello added.

He further explained that although the target was not met, the January collection is better than when Lira was a collection centre.

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Late last year, the government established a regional blood bank in Lira city to help in sorting out health crisis and demand for blood.

The blood bank is now able to serve more than 25 health facilities in Lango sub-region and two in Teso, including some parts of Karamoja.

The health officials say the categories of people who need a blood transfusion in Lango are children (60%), mothers (30%) as accident-related cases use 10%.


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