By Martha Nakimuli
A report by the Auditor General has revealed that blood in some hospitals have maggots.
The audit at Uganda Blood Transfusion Services UBTS discovered that blood was being stored outside the required temperature range in hospitals and health centre IVs, with some developing maggots.
The revelation portrays a risk of rotten blood being transfused to patients.
The audit was carried out to ascertain whether UBTS is efficiently, economically and effectively performing its role of availing safe and adequate blood and blood products to hospitals and health centre IVs countrywide.
The audit covered operations in the three financial years of 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. The report, which contains pictures, cites the example of Mbale Hospital, where blood was found contaminated with maggots.
The organisation has seven regional blood banks in Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Kitovu (in Masaka), Mbale, Mbarara and Nakasero.
It also has six blood collection centres in Hoima, Jinja, Kabale, Rukungiri, Lira and Soroti.