Famous Kampala Car dealer and Ruhinda South Member of Parliament (MP) Aspirant in Mitooma District, Anthony Kagurusi Bwanchoni has gone into the books of messiahs after he abandoned his businesses and rushed to Uganda Red Cross Nakasero Blood Bank in Kampala to save a dying mother (Name withheld) who needed type O positive blood to save life.
The victim was a mother in the labor ward, she was due for surgery and her blood was low, according to sources.
Kagurusi who is described by the voters in Ruhinda as a saintly politician full of humility, intervened 20 minutes after Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), and the biggest indigenous humanitarian organization in Uganda pleaded to anyone with O positive blood to rescue a dying mother.
‘’Dear life savers, there is an emergency at Mulago Hospital, where we need to save a mother whose blood group is O –ve. This is a kind urgent call to any O-ve donor who is due for donation to rush to Nakasero Blood Bank and donate now’’, reads a plea from Uganda Red Cross Society.
Kagurusi who rushed to Nakasero shortly after the URCS’s post went viral, told our reporter that Voluntary, altruistic and periodic blood donation is the most effective way to ensure an adequate supply of safe blood for transfusions.
“Today, instead of talking about my passion for politics , I would like to talk to you about something that concerns us all: a very simple act that can save lives that we sometimes don’t do for lack of accurate information, and that is donating blood voluntarily and unselfishly,” said Kagurisi.
Kagurusi, aged 34 years, married from Kanganga village, Mayanga Sub-County, Mitooma District Ruhinda South constituency is a son to Bwanchoni Mark. Kagurisi is also a procurement personnel, technician, seasoned researcher and politician.
He is the proud owner of Tropical Electronic Solutions and Kags Motors, a leading importer of new and used cars from Japan located in Nakawa, Kampala.
O positive donors who are CMV negative are known as Heroes for Babies at the Red Cross because it is the safest blood for transfusions for immune deficient newborns. Learn more about how you can be a Hero for a Baby.
Type O positive blood is given to patients more than any other blood type, which is why it’s considered the most needed blood type.
O positive red blood cells are not universally compatible to all types, but they are compatible to any red blood cells that are positive (A+, B+, O+, AB+).
Over 80% of the population has a positive blood type and can receive O positive blood. That’s another reason it’s in such high demand.
In major traumas with massive blood loss, many hospitals transfuse O positive blood, even when the patient’s blood type is unknown. The risk of reaction is much lower in ongoing blood loss situations and O positive is more available than O negative. Type O positive blood is critical in trauma care. Those with O positive blood can only receive transfusions from O positive or O negative blood types.
Type O positive blood is one of the first to run out during a shortage due to its high demand.
A chronic shortage in the blood supply perpetuates the high levels of morbidity and mortality from injury and treatable diseases. Patients in low- and middle-income countries are frequently unable to access blood units necessary for transfusion in a timely manner.
Low and middle income countries (LMICs) frequently have insufficient blood supplies to meet demand. 50% of blood is collected in high-income countries (HICs), which comprise only 19% of the world’s population.
The WHO recommends voluntary, non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD) and has set a standard of 10 blood donations/1000 population as a baseline value for all countries to meet. While on average HICs have 32.1 donations/1000 population, LICs have only 4.6 donations/1000 population. It is estimated that blood donation by only 1% of a country’s population is needed to meet the basic demand for blood ; to achieve this, the WHO advises that all activities related to blood donation, including collecting, testing, processing, and storage, be centralized at the national level. While many countries strive to achieve this, it can be more difficult for LMICs with poor infrastructure and lower healthcare funding.
Once a blood unit is acquired, it must undergo appropriate processing before it can be transfused into a patient.
While Uganda has a national blood transfusion service, there has been a noticeable lack of blood available for patients in several hospitals.