Picture: Dr. Emmanuel Katongole, Chairperson Rotary Blood Bank project and Mathias Katamba

DFCU bank has announced Shs15 million as contribution towards the fundraising efforts to equip Mengo Hospital with a fully-fledged Blood Bank that will test, process and pack safe blood before being distributed to other health centres.

The US $856,000 facility was in early 2017 commissioned by President Rotary international, John F. Germ and the Prime Minister of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.

According to Rotary, the total cost of the project was US $1,103,000 however, it is decreasing because they handle it in phases after contributions and donation for a particular cause.

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The announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer of DFCU, Mathias Katamba reiterating their commitment to community empowerment and support which will be boosted with more Cooperate social responsibilities.

“Our support towards this cause is directly in line with our brand promise of Making More Possible for the diverse communities in which we operate,” he said at DFCU headquarters.

“People are at the heart of our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) agenda and the need for accessible safe blood is universal, so we are more than glad to make our contribution to this cause. We will be unveiling more community investment initiatives this year as DFCU celebrates 55 years of existence,” he noted.

The initiative intends to raise $500,000 in order to equip Mengo Hospital. Rotary fundraising efforts will be climaxed with the Transformational Leadership Forum and the Kirk Wallum Jazz concert slated for 7th March 2019.