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Govt urged to establish blood banks in counties

24 September 2013, 15:44 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County governor, Moses Akaranga, Monday led his residents in donating blood at Vihiga District Hospital in Mbale to help the victims of Westgate attack.

The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Caleb Amaswache, and members of his government, said that the Westgate shopping mall attack was a national crisis that needed help from all corners of the country in saying no to terrorism.

“Security issues should be taken with uttermost care as we join all the other Kenyans in the patriotic move of donating blood,” said Akaranga.

He encouraged schools from the region to allow their students to donate blood, promising to reward all students who will participate in the drive.

“We shall give special certificates to students and any other person within the County who will donate blood. After that, they will have dinner with me, for showing their patriotism to the country,” he said.

The governor urged the government to establish a blood bank in each County so they can have enough blood in store in times of crisis.

He noted that the only blood bank in the region is in Kisumu and is not up to the task of collecting blood from all over the region at the times when there is need.

“We want a blood bank to be established in our County and each other County so we can avert crises as we will have been prepared to fight them,” he said.

In the same spirit, the governor pledged to establish a disaster management team in the County to help deal with disaster when it strikes.

“Some things cannot be planned for, but need measures to be in place which can help tackle them in case they come,” he noted.

During the blood donation exercise in the County, many students from local Secondary Schools came in large numbers to show their togetherness with the victims of the Westgate attack by donating blood.

The exercise is ongoing in the County for the next one week as the medical teams try their best to get enough blood.

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