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Kenyans urged to develop a culture of donating blood

24 September 2013, 21:27 Wilshere

Nakuru - Kenyans have been urged to develop a culture of donating blood after every three months to curb blood shortage in public hospitals in the country.

According to the senior director of laboratory at Nakuru Provincial General Hospital (PGH), Irene Oregoto, many lives of victims from the Westgate attack would have been saved if the hospital had sufficient blood in their banks.

“The public needs to develop a culture of donating blood every now and then so that it can be easy to use it whenever need arises,” she said.

Speaking on Monday afternoon at PGH where the blood donation was taking place, the senior laboratory director urged the government to conduct a public awareness on the need of donating blood.

Oregoto said that hospitals are always in need of blood urging Kenyans not to be waiting until an appeal is made on media for them to donate blood.

“I think our government needs to create a public awareness on the need to donate blood because most Kenyans only come to donate blood whenever there is an accident,” she observed.

She pointed out over 3 000 Nakuru residents donated blood for the last three days saying some of the blood will be kept in their banks for future use.

However, Oregoto said that some donors were not allowed to donate blood since they did not have sufficient blood in their bodies.

“We were able to receive an overwhelming number of blood donors who came to our center but some did not have sufficient blood supply in their bodies and so we could not risk taking their blood,” she noted.

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