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MPL leads campaign to build blood bank

Kampala.

The Monitor Publications Limited and its media outlets KFM, Dembe FM, and NTV are leading a campaign to promote a funds drive to raise Shs1.5b for the construction of a new blood bank.

The campaign is an initiative of the Rotary Club and Mengo Hospital. It is in response to the shortage of 250,000 units of blood in the national blood bank that also lacks modern facilities.“Over 50 per cent of the blood collected goes to children, 25 per cent to pregnant women and the other 25 per cent goes to accident victims. We need technical in-puts and resources for sustainability which we can put together as Rotary Club,” Dr Margaret Mungherera, a member of the organising committee, said.

Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, who is the co-chairman of the initiative, emphasised the need for sustainable public-private partnerships to secure the health of citizens.“We cannot stand on sidelines and wait for government all the time. The Government has limitations. We have to mobilise the private sector to get involved and we have got to work with the media so as to raise the awareness and involvement of the public,” Mr Mutebile said.

He was addressing several chief executive officers of potential sponsoring companies at a breakfast meeting last week at The Kampala Serena Hotel. The Rotary club will host African music maestro and soukous singer, Koffi Olomide, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, for a fundraising concert at Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Kampala on April 25.

According to MPL’s corporate social responsibility officer Jackie Tahakanizibwa, the company has injected Shs25 million towards the event. “We are going to provide our media platforms Dembe FM, KFM, Ennyanda and the Daily Monitor, to publicise the event,” Ms Tahakanizibwa said.

Mr Emmanuel Katongole the Rotary district 9211 Governor, said Rotary International will fund the equipment comprising of aanced technology as well as train the operators.

“We have in place strategies for efficiency and sustainability,” Mr Katongole said.

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR

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