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Residents urged to embrace blood donation 




The Kisumu Regional Blood Transfusion Center has partnered with the Kenya Red Cross to restock its blood bank.

 

The blood donation drive targets to replenish dwindling stocks at the center in case of any emergencies.

 

Center Deputy Director Mr. Mathew Odera said the exercise which kicked off in May has realized over 1, 441 pints, with more donors expected to take part in the exercise.

 

He disclosed that currently the Centre has a paltry 700 units of screened blood that is not sufficient to serve the entire region.

 

Odera said the undertaking also targets to stock the centre with Blood group AB, which is not common among the populace.

 

The exercise targets mainly learning institutions, which will break for August holidays since they provide the highest number of blood donors in the region.

 

He observed that a minimum of 4 people out of ten belong to blood group ‘O’, hence the blood type is on high demand by Health facilities.

 

As the world marks Blood Donor Day, Odera took issue with people propagating myths aimed at incapacitating blood donation efforts, saying they were uncalled for, besides being unscientific.

 

“The procedure is safe and does not pose any health risks as thorough tests are done prior to anyone donating blood,” he said.

 

The Regional Blood Transfusion Centre is currently conducting blood donation exercise in Homabay and Sagam.

 

He invited members of the public for the voluntary exercise at their offices in Kisumu.

 

The centre will also conduct an open blood donation on Saturday June 17 at Jomo Kenyatta sports ground in Kisumu.

 

World Blood donor day is commemorated in countries worldwide on the 14TH day of June and serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood, and to thank Blood donors for their contribution.

 

By Roberto Muyela and  Faith Onyango

 

 

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