Kenya’s Blood Banks stock sufficient
The country’s Blood Banks stock is sufficient, the Director of Medical Services (DMS), Dr. Jackson Kioko has said.
Addressing the press on Wednesday while on an assessment tour of Kericho blood transfusion service unit located at the Kericho County referral hospital, Dr. Kioko said Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) blood banks stocks were adequate with 170, 000 units in reserve.
In the same breath, Dr. Kioko applauded university and secondary school students for donating blood during their blood donation campaigns in the year.
“The blood that we are collecting is enough and I would want to thank those who have been willing to come and donate blood. We have received tremendous support from university and secondary school students,” said Dr. Kioko.
He urged wananchi to embrace blood donation since the noble exercise went to saving lives.
Dr. Kioko revealed the Ministry of medical services would soon embark on a blood mapping exercise in the country adding that the initiative will help establish common blood groups in a region. The move intends to identify blood requirements and their availability.
“Each region has its own characteristic. If you want to get negatives, you will get them in the Rift as chances of getting the Rhesus negative blood are higher here in the Rift. If you go to the Coastal region, you will get a different scenario. We want to ensure that at the national level, we do a national mapping so that we stock the right blood group in the right areas,” he added.
He commended Kericho County blood transfusion satellite centre for providing safe, quality and adequate supply of blood across its health facilities.
The Kericho blood transfusion satellite center located at the Kericho County referral hospital in Kericho town is one among the 50 KNBTS satellite centers that also serves Bomet County.
The KNBTS has eight regional blood transfusion centers strategically located throughout the country supporting the satellite centers’ blood needs.
Present also at the exercise was the Head of Curative and Rehabilitative Health Services (CRS), Ministry of Heath, Dr. Izak Odongo, the Director National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), Dr. Margaret Oduor and the Kericho County director of Health Services, Dr. Betty Langat among other medical personnel from Kericho County referral hospital.
By Sarah Njagi