Housing Finance Bank in partnership with Universal Multipurpose Enterprises and Nakasero Blood Bank held a blood donation drive on Friday July 12, 2019 in Naalya Estate.
The blood drive which was attended by the Mayor- Kira municipality, Mr. Mutebi Julius Nsubuga, the town clerk, Mr. Yiga Benon, dignitaries from Housing Finance Bank, Universal Multipurpose Properties and the Nakasero Blood Bank, was aimed at contributing to the adequate need of blood in the country.
According to the Communications and Public Relations Manager- Housing Finance Bank, Ms. Connie Nankya, “The need for blood is a nationwide aspect. In Uganda, 340,000 units of safe blood is required to meet health needs annually and the daily blood needs are ever increasing. Accident victims, women in labor, children, patients at all fronts requiring transfusion, are on the rise increasing the need for blood in hospitals every day. It is therefore important for us to participate in such initiatives that bind us together in sharing the same goal – saving life.”
Universal Multipurpose Enterprises’ Managing Director- Muffaddal Yeolawala adds that, blood donation is everyone’s responsibility. “It is with pleasure that we joined our partners, Housing Finance Bank customers and the Nakasero Blood Bank to conduct today’s blood donation activity. 450mls is all that is required per head at any given time. We are aware that some of our customers within the residential areas may not be able to travel and donate blood away from home for one reason or another. This is why we took the initiative and extended the services to them so that we can make this contribution together in saving lives.”
One of the customers Annet Mbabazi who was donating blood for the first time was pleased to be engaged in today’s exercise given her long time wish to make this worthwhile contribution to save life.
“I was very happy when I was told that I could donate blood because while I have always wanted to do so, I was hindered by varying reasons here and there. Thankfully today, I was able to do so. I think everyone should take heed as and when they can and donate blood. We are all affected by the need for more blood in our blood banks. Whether it is for ourselves, relatives, an unknown patient, we need blood so I feel proud of myself that I gave blood today and encourage everyone else to do the same. Even better within the confines of my residential area.”
Nakasero Blood Bank appreciated everyone who participated while urging the public and other organizations to do the same and save life through blood donation.