The National Social Security Fund (NSSF)’s annual countrywide blood donation drive is expected to add over 6,000 units of blood to the National Blood Bank, Managing Director Richard Byarugaba announced at the launch of the week long drive at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.
The drive, which kicked off on Monday, January 14, 2019 is aimed at boosting blood collection across the country. It is being undertaken in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) under the Ministry of Health and the Uganda Red Cross Society.
Byarugaba, an avid blood donor himself, said that the Fund owes it to its members to contribute to meaningful social causes that affect them diversely. A potential blood shortage he said, affects everyone indiscriminately regardless of stature and standing in society. “We are one of the organisations that has a footprint across the country or whose business affects a wider population. We are passionate about the communities we serve and believe a healthy community is critical for the fulfilment of our mandate. That is why we are committing resources and our office spaces this week as donation collection points” said Byarugaba.
Under the theme “Stand Up for Life”, the donation drive will take place at the Constitutional Square in Kampala, Workers House, Clock Tower, Mukwano Arcade and Owino Market, Kalerwe, Bwaise, Mukono, and Entebbe.
Upcountry, the donation drive will be held at NSSF Branch Offices offices in Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu, Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mukono, Kabale and Masaka as well as other high traffic areas in major towns.
Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services commended NSSF in championing this cause, saying that whereas as UBTS they is mandated to collect 1,200 units of blood daily to meet the country’s demand, they are only able to collect under 800 units due to various challenges that range from access to funding and other logistics.
“Many of our international partners are cutting back their support which has left the National Blood Bank with challenges. We therefore have to start looking within the country for partners. We appreciate organisations such as NSSF that have come in to fill this void. We hope other organisations and individuals can emulate this gesture,” Dr Kyeyune said.
To qualify as a blood donor, someone has to be above the age of 17 years, weigh more than 45kg, and is in good health.
Statistics from World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that Uganda has an annual demand of about 340,000 units of blood but falls short by over 100,000 units. Last year, only 240,000 units were collected against a targeted 340,000 units in Uganda. This year, the Uganda Blood Bank is aiming to collect 300,000 units of blood.
Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society said; “Uganda Red Cross through the MOH has the mandate of mobilising Voluntary blood donors in Uganda. We appreciate corporate entities like NSSF that come one board to complement our efforts through mobilising customers and their stakeholders to appreciate such a humanitarian cause. Donating blood saves lives and is voluntary. We therefore appreciate the spirit behind this and pray that this grows beyond the one week blood drive to something bigger which we can do every other year”.
“Uganda Red Cross has a blood donor recruitment Strategy where we preach to the converted first (our volunteers and members) to donate and live by example. From there, other people join and appreciate the worth of life. With that, we stop relying on students and young people whom we always target while in schools. Our branch network across the country is well positioned and volunteers in communities do this very well as part of our community activities”.
“I want to call upon all people who fall under the age bracket of blood donors, and are in good health to heed to the call and see that we deal with blood shortages and save lives of vulnerable people who require blood transfusions. We are able and can meet the country blood targets, we just have to work hard and improve public perceptions and attitude towards donating blood,” he added.
Among the other Corporate Social Responsibility activities NSSF engages are a charity run that benefits disadvantaged public primary schools in Kampala, a Career expo to prepare university students to join the workforce, annual donations to support hospitals and financial literacy programmes.
MTN Uganda Internship program 2019 now open
MTN Uganda is one of the leading employers in the country. As is their norm every year, they hire interns from different Universities across the country in the different disciplines to get skilled up on the job.
This year is no different and the program is now open for those who qualify. According to their website, MTN home to exciting, inspirational, innovative people in the Telecommunications industry who passionately and selflessly work to make our customer’s lives a whole lot BRIGHTER.
Thier values are brought to life by their guiding purpose-To Lead the Delivery of a BOLD New Digital World.
How to take part in the program this year.
If you are you in your 1st or 2nd year and looking for internship? MTN PULSE Undergraduate internship programme that will run from 1st June to 31st August 2019 is just the one for you.
Placements available in the following divisions: Finance, Sales & Distribution, Mobile Financial Services, Human Resources, Enterprise Business, Network Group, IT, Corporate Services & Legal, Capital Projects Group, Marketing etc.
To apply, please follow the link below
Attach the following;
- Your University faculty introductory letter
- A copy of your results (testimonial)
- A copy of your University ID
Applications are open till 30th April 2019
The Ultimate Guide to Your Prom Night
By Staff Writer
Prom night is the biggest night for any high school student. It’s one for the books and nothing can go wrong. From selecting the best outfit from many prom dresses or tuxedos to your date, this day carries many memories you’ll remember for life.
However, with so much to think about and plan for, many students end up ruining this day because they didn’t have a solid plan. No worries though. If you have a fast approaching prom night, this guide will offer you the tips to plan for your big day.
- Have a Budget
Prom is a big night and everyone wants to look good, but do you know what you’ll spend on? Chances are you’re too excited with a lot of ideas crossing your head you don’t know what to choose. This is why you must have a budget to list down all your expenses.
Afterward, you can find out what each will cost and whether it’s necessary. For example, take a look at the basics:
- Your Outfit – This is the most important item for your big day. For the ladies, you may want to pick from amongcheap prom dresses but still maintain a stylish and modern look. For the gents, a flashy tuxedo will do. As you go shopping, have a budget to help you stay on track.
- Makeup – It doesn’t whether you’ll do the makeup yourself or have a professional do it, a budget is important to avoid overspending.
- Nails – Pedicure or manicure, including these and other related costs in your budget.
- Jewelry and accessories – You need to accessorize your outfit with jewelry and other accessories, but don’t hurt your pocket trying to look good.
- Prom tickets – Many students forget about the tickets since they’re immersed in their outfit choice and other look-good factors.
- Dinner – Prom tickets differ depending on how much you can afford. Some come with dinner included while others don’t. If your ticket doesn’t include dinner, your prom group should identify a dining location, but make sure you can afford the place.
- Transportation –Having a prom group allows you to contribute to transportation costs. This will save the entire group of money compared to if everyone paid for their own transport. Besides, where’s the fun riding alone to a big night such as prom night?
- Boutonniere or Corsage for your date – This long-standing tradition carries from one generation to the next. Don’t forget about it.
- Photos – What’s a prom night without photos to mark the memories made? However, if you’ll hire a professional photographer for this job, consider the costs.
- Have a Prom Group
This group consists of your friends and it’ll help all of you overcome difficulties associated with planning for a prom night such as transportation, dining and timekeeping. You can create a Facebook group where the entire squad can communicate. This way everyone will be in synchrony.
- Synchronize with Your Date
You don’t want last minute rushes neither do you want arguments on the big day. To avoid this, start planning for the prom night with your date and agree on certain basics including transportation, your outfits, boutonnieres/corsages so you appear as one during the night.
- Make Necessary Appointments in Advance
This includes beauty treatments, booking your transportation and dinner. Making reservations and bookings in advance saves you money and time while avoiding disappointments.
Therefore, do this a month before the big day because chances are during prom season, many high schools may have same day prom nights. Furthermore, some services may book fast during this season.
- Get Your Parents Onboard
Just like you, your parents have been waiting for this day and it’s normal for them to want in on the action even if it’s just a photo session. Thus, loop them in on your plans and you won’t regret it. Besides, you don’t want them blowing up your phone trying to find out where you are.
- Enjoy Yourself
This is your big night. One which you won’t get to experience again. Therefore, enjoy the night to the fullest and don’t let small issues bug you. Before you freak out, ask yourself whether it’s worth your fun. These small issues will only affect you if you let them.
If you’re reading this it means you have all the tips required to prepare for your big day. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean everything will go as planned. For this reason, it’s crucial to have a backup plan for everything. This way your prom night will go on smooth.
Is Mogas Naalya hiding something?
Not many entrepreneurs take lightly, the reality of a business closure. Often times, it takes time to sink in. And this could quite easily be the case with Mogas Petrol Station. After news made rounds about the sell of their Naalya premises to food chain franchise and petrol station, Café Javas and City Oil, owned by tycoon Mandella, their public relations department was quick to dismiss the news as a rumor.
The posted a press release rubbishing the news of the closure.
According to reliable sources in the City Oil managerial outfit however, the premises of Mogas were indeed purchased.
“They must be protecting something. Or maybe they are simply finding it hard to accept reality. But the news is true, and they sold,” explained our source.
He further added that in a very short time, when the developments start, the truth will be shoved ashore, and their attempts to hide whatever it is their hiding will be rendered null.
We hope that whatever it is, it’s settled amicably between the parties involved.
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