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Western, Nyanza face blood shortage

10 May 2013, 13:52 Dareel Eric

Major government - run hospitals in the Western and Nyanza regions are experiencing an acute shortage of blood for transfusion.

This has been attributed to the protracted school holidays which saw the major donors who are students stay at home thus making it difficult to fill the blood banks.  

According to the Vihiga District Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Francis Odira the problem has affected the whole region, but then fortunately no person has fell victim to the impending shortage.

“We have been getting very few donors and thus our blood banks both at Kakamega and Kisumu are nearly running out of the available stock,” said Dr. Odira.

Odira said that they will move swiftly so as to collect as much blood as possible from the donors who will be available so that it does not turn to be a catastrophe.

“If the entire Western and Nyanza regions lack blood, we may have unnecessary loss of lives,” said the doctor.    

He noted that if the problem persists, it may not be easy to operate especially handling cases of emergency where certain patients usually need help as soon as it can come having come from home expecting to find the resources readily available at the hospital.

He appealed to the other members of the public who are not students to visit the nearest hospitals to donate blood because one does not know when they will need assistance from others.

“It will be important for the members of the public to chip in because it also helps them know their status, blood group and above all, it helps others,” he said.

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