The telecom service provider, MTN Uganda has availed Shs347 million to procure one automated plasma extractor for Nakasero Blood Bank and three blood storage fridges for Arua, Mbarara and Mbale.
The Shs347 cheque was received by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Kanzira Atwine and Director of Uganda Blood Transfusion Services, Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune at the ministry’s headquarters in Kampala.
Speaking during the event, Dr. Atwine appreciated MTN for working together with the government for the good of the people of Uganda.
She called upon other private sector players to join the struggle for better health by putting even more efforts towards initiatives that promote Disease Prevention at National and Community level. “Let us contribute to our better health care together. Thank you MTN Uganda for this corporate social responsibility towards availability of blood to save lives,” she said.
She said the blood component extractor would be used for processing of blood plasma to extract components of red and white blood cells and platelets for the Nakasero blood bank will also be procured under this project.
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Uganda, Wim Vanhelleputte said the company is committed to supporting the government of Uganda towards meeting the Global Sustainability Development Goal of Good health and well-being through the delivery of health services to the people of Uganda through reduction of child mortality and improvements in maternal health.
“We are proud of this partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services and the Ministry of Health in ensuring that Ugandans have access to enough blood and blood components across the country,” he said.