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MTN Foundation hands over blood storage equipment to Mbarara Regional Blood Bank

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MTN Uganda Foundation has officially handed over blood storage equipment to the Mbarara Regional blood bank under the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS). This is in a bid to address the issue of blood shortage arising from inadequate blood storage equipment.

The state-of-the-art blood refrigerator was handed over to the Parliamentary Woman Representative for Mbarara Municipality, Hon. Rosette Kajungu Mutambi in a ceremony held on Thursday at the Mbarara Regional Blood Bank in Mbarara district.

This follows the telecom company’s pledge in July when it availed UGX. 347 million to procure the equipment that comprises of an automated plasma extractor and 3 blood refrigerators. The automated plasma extractor that will be stationed at the Nakasero Blood Bank will be used for the processing of blood plasma to extract components of red and white blood cells, and platelets for the Nakasero blood bank.

The three refrigerators will be delivered to the regional blood banks based at the regional referral hospitals in Mbarara, Mbale and Arua.

While handing over the equipment, Mr. Bryan Mbasa, the Acting Senior Manager, MTN Foundation reiterated MTN Uganda’s commitment to supporting government’s push towards meeting the Global Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 which aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages.

“We are proud of this partnership with the UBTS and the Ministry of Health in complementing their efforts to make available this scarce resource of blood,” Mr. Mbasa said.

Speaking at the same ceremony, Dr. Andrew Byamungu, the principal Medical Officer at the Mbarara Regional Blood Bank noted that the refrigerators will address the issue of blood shortage that has been arising from inadequate storage facilities.

“In the past, we have been losing a lot of blood because of lack of adequate storage but that will no longer be an issue. We thank MTN for this refrigerator because it will enable us store blood and avail it to the hospital whenever they need it,” Dr. Byamungu said.

According to Byamungu, the Mbarara Regional blood bank serves 62 hospitals in sixteen districts in the western region of the country. He explains that blood is mostly consumed by anaemic children aged below five years, mothers after delivery, accident victims and other patients.

Mr. Gilbert Sande, the Head of Logistics at the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services said that with the new refrigerator donated by the MTN Foundation, Mbarara regional blood bank will be able to store more than twice the amount of blood they have been storing.

“We had storage capacity of 300 units. But now with the new refrigerator that stores over 700 units, we shall be able to have over 1000 units of blood at any one time,” Mr. Sande

While receiving the equipment, Hon. Kajungu thanked the MTN Foundation for working together with the government for the good of the people of Uganda.

“Thank you MTN Foundation Uganda for this equipment. It will go a long way in addressing the blood shortage issues that arise from lack of adequate storage of donated blood to save lives,” Hon. Kajungu said. “The MTN Foundation has shown its passion for maternal health. By supporting safe blood storage, more mothers will be saved since more blood will be available, thanks to this initiative.”

Mbarara becomes the first regional blood bank to receive its equipment. Arua and Mbale are set to receive theirs in due course.

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Boda Boda riders tipped on Road Safety

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As part of their safety agenda, Uganda Breweries Limited has trained Boda Boda riders in road safety awareness.

The training program conducted at the brewery in Luzira saw over 50 boda boda cyclists from the boda stages in Luzira receive training on road safety practices and given measures that will help keep them, their passengers and other road users safe on the road.

The safety training is part of a celebration to mark seven and twelve years of “No Lost Time Accident” at Uganda Breweries Limited and its spirits plant; International Distillers Uganda respectively.

An LTA (Lost Time Accident) is a type of accident that causes an employee to skip work for a day or more to pursue treatment. These kinds of accidents are common in places where heavy machinery is operated such as a brewery.
On average, Uganda loses 10 people every day in road traffic crashes, a 2018 UN road safety report on Uganda shows, costing the country $1.2 billion (about sh.4.4 trillion) annually.

According to the Uganda Police, over 50 percent of road accidents are caused due to boda bodas, with the highest numbers registered in urban centres like Kampala.

“We decided to carry out this training because road safety is an issue that affects all of us. As Uganda Breweries, we are firmly committed to ensuring that everybody that comes to our site goes home safe and we want to share these values with our community.” Joseph Kabwaama the UBL’s Health and Safety Manager said.

He added that they had started the campaign by training cyclists in Luzira because most of the UBL staff stay in the area and use boda bodas as a means of transport.

“We shall have more road safety awareness engagements around the country to increase road safety awareness and to help change boda boda cyclists attitude and behavior on the road, thereby indoctrinating a road safety culture among them.” Kabwaama added.

The boda boda cyclists who attended the training were urged to uphold safe practices and measures while using the road to ensure their own safety and that of their passengers.
They were also given safety gear that included helmets and reflector jacket and urged to always use the safety gear as it protects them from the dangers you face on the road daily.

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Jubilee Insurance unveils club for mothers

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Mr Deepak Pandey, the CEO Jubilee Insurance addresses guests during the Jubilee Mum’s Club launch held at the Kampala Serena hotel on Tuesday.

Mr Deepak Pandey, the CEO Jubilee Insurance addresses guests during the Jubilee Mum’s Club launch held at the Kampala Serena hotel on Tuesday.

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Jubilee Insurance has unveiled a platform where all mothers; aspiring, new and active can freely share about their maternal moments at all extremes of the motherhood journey, from the hurdles to the treasures.

Dubbed the “Jubilee Mum’s Club”, it is expected to bridge the information gap by providing expert information for expectant mothers as it opens up the floor for mothers to engage with doctors, midwives, gynecologists, pediatricians, fitness experts, and various specialists on all topics concerning pregnancy and puerperium, care of the family, parenthood, and the mother’s general health and care, through articles, social media platforms and monthly gatherings for the mothers.

During the launch, the Jubilee Insurance CEO. Mr Deepak Pandey addressed the mothers, doctors and various specialists saying, “Motherhood is a beautiful journey that all women are privileged to walk. And so, to emphasize how precious this journey is, Jubilee Insurance is making sure mothers lack for nothing as they prepare for their little ones. There is no need to take this journey alone, we will hold your hand to the finish line with an extra set of hands.”

“The Jubilee Mum’s Club is part is driven by what’s at the core of our hearts as Jubilee Insurance; Customer satisfaction and well-being to combat maternal mortality and morbidity. For mothers under Jubilee, a 360-care package covering Ultrasound scans, pregnancy tests, blood tests, baby monitoring kits, doctor/midwife consultations and follow-up, training sessions, and a variety of vendors with the best mother-child care products await.” Mr Deepak Pandey added.

Jubilee is partnering with Surgipharm Uganda Ltd, Indulge Maternity Spa and Gym, Lato Milk, Mukwano Industries Uganda, Madrasa Early Childhood Development and Mickey kids collection to provide quality services to the mothers in the club.

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MultiChoice Uganda premieres two short films

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Multi choice Uganda last week on Friday premiered two short films.  The two films, “Promise” and “Ensulo” were premiered at the multi choice head offices in Kololo. Each of the one hour films were created in Kenya and will be showing on DSTV, Pearl Magic channel 161.

According to Joan Semanda, PR and communications MultiChoice said the premier of the two short films were in line with both DSTV and GO TV showing support for the Uganda film industry. “WE also encourage young students with passion in film making as either film directors or actors to pursue career as we are here to support them.”

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