To fight all risks and complications affecting women during childbirth, the Uganda Rotary Club has promised to build a blood bank at Mengo hospital.
“We expect to build that blood bank at $800,000 (Shs 2.5bn) and the money will be raised from the Rotary Cancer Run 2015. The new bank will be Uganda’s second,” Stephen Mwanje, the chairman of Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme said, adding that the bank will also save accident, cancer and sickle cells patients.
Mwanje made the statement recently during the launch of the fourth edition of the annual Rotary Cancer Run which will be held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on August 30.
According to official figures from a 2006 health survey, 16 Ugandan women die in child birth every day and 76 newborns in every 1,000 do not reach the age of one.
Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Uganda’s vice president, who presided over the ceremony, urged Ugandans to join the Rotary Cancer Run as the only way to save Ugandans’ lives by donating blood and money. A cancer centre was built at Nsambya hospital and opened three weeks ago.
The chairperson of the Rotary Cancer Run 2015 organizing committee, Fred Masadde, hailed their main sponsors, Centenary bank and Crown Beverages Limited for the continued support.
On behalf of Centenary bank, the chief manager for business development and marketing, Percy Lubega, announced a contribution of Shs 107m for this year’s cancer run. Crown Beverages Ltd has contributed Shs 150m.
According to a World Health Organisation report of 2013, at least 289,000 women died from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. The report further says that for every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease.
For one to participate in this year’s cancer run, you have to download the tikiti application on your phone, then click on cancer run and then register via MTN or Airtel mobile money with a minimum of Shs 20,000. You will receive a code which you will present to the organizers to receive the kit for the run.
Participants who will not register via their phones can get vouchers through the organizers’ agents at Centenary bank, Capital Shoppers and Bridge Credit Finance. The run is expected to have distances between 1km and 21km.