Kabale Regional referral hospital grappling with blood shortages.

Kabale Regional referral hospital is grappling with blood shortages,
which has put the lives of patients with a blood deficiency at a risk.

Sources at the hospital that declined to be named because they are not
authorized to talk to press, said that for last 20days, most patients
visiting the hospital for blood services were being turned away.

The Kabale regional referral hospital Principal nursing officer, Sr.
Christine Akurut, confirmed that they were for the more than three
weeks referring anemic patients, until last week, when they received
some blood units from Mbarara regional referral hospital.

The Kabale regional referral hospital Director, Dr Sophie Namasopo,
says that blood shortages have left the hospital in a crisis and calls
on the public to donate blood to help needy patients. Zamzam Birungi,
a nursing officer at Uganda blood transfusion services says that they
last week collected over 250 units of blood to assist patients who
need blood.

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