Indian community in Uganda joins fight against blood shortage


The Indian community in Uganda, through the Grant Thornton Foundation, an entity that provides business services and advice to entrepreneurs, has launched a blood donation campaign aimed at alleviating the blood shortage in the country.

As part of their community social responsibility (CSR) this year, they mobilized a blood donation campaign to increase the amount of blood in the Nakasero blood bank as well as planting more trees along the pass of Lugogo as one of the means of preserving the environment.

Speaking to the press at the launch of the donation campaign at Wandegeya on Friday, Nilesh Patel, one of the directors of the Grant Thornton Foundation, revealed that they had decided to take part in these campaigns as one of the ways to give back to the communities in which they live and work.

“We receive a lot from nature and society, but we don’t give anything back. From the trees we get daily oxygen and fruits to maintain our health. We have decided to plant 100 trees and we will make sure to maintain them daily,” Patel said.

The tree planting exercise at the Lugogo pass.

Kato Steven Grace of the Kampala Capital Authority (KCCA) Landscape Department applauded the foundation for its great contribution to better health as well as environmental conservation in the city.

“As KCCA, we are committed to nurturing these trees so that they can effectively serve their purpose,” Grace said.

Ambassador Milton Kabura, Board Member of the Grant Thornton CSR Foundation, called on religious organizations, the private sector, government agencies and individuals to join the call in donating blood to those who need since the Nakasero blood bank reported a worrying lack of blood.

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