Soroti Hospital Hit By Blood Crisis

Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is struggling with an acute blood shortage.

Road trafic Accident patient being referred to Mbale
Road trafic Accident patient being referred to Mbale

Currently, doctors are referring patients with life threatening conditions in need of blood transfusion to Mbale Regional Referral hospital.

Dr Emmanuel Batibwe, the director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital has confirmed the blood crisis.

Dr Batibwe who denies claims that they have suspended major surgical operations says the available blood is being preserved for children in critical condition.

He says patients whose blood type is out of stock are referred to Mbale regional referral hospital for blood transfusion.

Dr Batibwe to address the persistent blood crisis, he is mobilizing to have a blood bank established at the hospital.

He however, says they are expecting more blood supply from the blood bank in Mbale. A medical officer who spoke to us on condition of anonymity because he is not the hospital spokesperson said only blood group A+ and B+ are available.

He says at least eight patients have been referred to Mbale regional referral hospital for surgery since last week.

Most of the patients on the operating waiting list are those with blood type O, who say it is costly for them to travel to Mbale.

Michael Ekosio, a resident of Akuret village in Komolo parish in Katakwi was transferred to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital on Sunday evening for blood transfusion and operation after he was involved in a motor accident and lost too much blood.

Peter Opus, a son to Ekosio says they forked out 160,000 shillings  to fuel the ambulance of Soroti hospital to transfer his father to Mbale so as to save his life.

Soroti regional referral hospital has also been supplying blood to other health centers in Amuria, Soroti, Katakwi, Kaberamaido and Serere districts.

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