This project was established to continuously organise blood donation sessions, safe blood processing and screening. In the past three months our Hospital has transfused blood to 615 anemic patients. This also comes with an increment in the total number of sickle cell and malaria patients making it to 832 patients combined in the previous three months.
There are days when we face the problem of scarcity of blood within the Eastern region of Uganda and the only solution is to organise blood donation sessions inorder to save the lives of the anemic children and adults. These sessions are sometimes conducted outside our Hospital and the blood obtained is later sent to Nakasero blood bank in Kampala for screening and processing.
Basing on our Hospital findings, the shortage for blood in the Eastern region is mainly caused by severe malaria and sickle cell disease within the region. This mainly happens during the rainy seasons whereby there is plenty of thick bush growing and alot of stagnant water which acts as a breeding ground for Anopheles mosquitoes. Once malaria is too much in the region, the number of blood transfusion increases causing scarcity in the blood supply to various Hospitals in Jinja.
Your funding towards this project has enebled us to obtain blood which has saved so many anemic patients with no hope of getting blood anywhere.
Whisper's Magical Children's Hospital and Maternity transfused blood to 524 anemic patients in the last three months. Our Hospital is well known to be equiped with enough blood for every anemic patient who comes in for treatment and transfusion. Through this we always have to make sure that we find enough blood even when it is that period where by blood is very scarce in all Hospitals.
Sometimes the Whisper team has to travel 71km up to Nakasero blood bank in Kampala to acquire enough blood for the dying anemic patients left in Jinja. The severe anemia is mostly caused by severe malaria and sickle cell disease within our patients basing on the Hospital research done last year.
In the year 2018 Whisper's Magical Children's Hospital transfused blood to 2,270 patients in total. These patients include children who are brought in as emergencies with severe anemia and adults from our maternity department.
Because of the good working relationship with Blood Bank Jinja which is the blood distribution centre in Jinja, we are able to obtain enough blood for our patients since its even near our Hospital. We have employees working with Blood Bank Jinja who assist them in the field as citizens from different communities donate blood to save the many people who need it.
This year in January we were able to transfuse blood to 219 patients so far. Most of these patients come from certain health centres looking for blood and they show up at the point of death severely anemic.
We thank all those supporting us and donating towards our project. Our employees who are working with the Blood Bank team are doing a great job of encouraging people to donate blood through outreach so that so many lives are saved.
Whisper is now as one of the biggest transfusion centres in Jinja District, in fact, in our September report, we were considered as number 1 medical facility that is provided blood the most.
Whisper started to receive desperate patients coming from outside, to get either transfused from our place or to carry a unit of blood away for their scheduled surgeries.
Today, Whisper can send any of our medical staff to the main transfusion service centre in the capital city for an emergency blood at any time, and we are happy to report that there has been a great co-operation with the Jinja Blood Transfusion Service too.
We appreciate every financial donation donated to this cause, most especially on regular basis, as we still employ 5 people to give support to the Jinja branch Blood Transfusion Services.
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