Alarm as Blood supplies dwindle amid increased demand in Kisumu

Emergency service providers in Kisumu are in a rush to restock the Kisumu Regional Blood Transfusion Centre which has run out of blood supplies following an increase in injuries sustained during the recent post-election protests.

The regional blood bank has partnered with the Kenya Red Cross to accelerate blood donation drives to replenish the dwindling stocks at the facility.

Ms.Elizabeth Odhiambo, the officer in charge of the Blood Bank said supply was fast running out owing to the increased demand from facilities in the region to treat post election protests victims.

Odhiambo said the center has only 200 units of blood which was inadequate since the facility serves hospitals in Kisumu, Kisii, Siaya, Homabay, Vihiga and Kakamega Counties.

Since schools are closed, Odhiambo said the Centre was now targeting donations from Faith Based Organizations in a move to step-up efforts to restock the Centre.

Last Sunday we pitched tent at CITAM Church in Kisumu town. We were able collect 70 units of blood, said Odhiambo.

According to Dr. Juliana Otieno, Chief Executive Officer, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, 10 victims of post-election violence who need blood are still admitted at the health facility.

Eight of the victims, the CEO said, lost a lot of blood after sustaining gunshot wounds during the demonstrations that rocked Western Kenya Region.

The CEO said the health facility was hoping that either the National or County government will foot the hospital bills for the victims.

The funds if provided, she said will enable some of the victims to undergo surgery to remove the bullets which are still lodged in their bodies.

Source: Kenya News Agency