Kenyans turn up to donate blood
23 September 2013, 12:40
Nairobi - As first responders rushed to the scene to help evacuate the
hostages and rush the injured to hospital after the Westgate Mall attack on Saturday, Kenya Red Cross put out a national
blood appeal as the hospitals were overwhelmed with several people needing
Thousands of Kenyans across the country heeded the call and
rushed to designated hospitals to donate blood.
On Saturday morning Kenya Red Cross pitched at Kencom in
Nairobi CBD where Kenyans and even foreigners from various walks of life
turned in huge numbers to donate blood, including British High Commissioner Christian Turner.
Several volunteers turned up to supplement the efforts of
the medical staff, as various companies and individuals came and donated much
needed equipment, water, glucose, blankets and food stuff to ease the blood
There have been various collection centres set up across the
So far the official reports from the Kenya Red Cross indicate that 69 people have been confirmed dead with 175 others injured.
On Monday the Kenya Red Cross said the blood drive in
Nairobi shall be carried out to Uhuru Park, and as we went to press, hundreds
were already on the scene, lining up ready to do their part, as the hostage situation at
The whole country has rallied together and everyone wants to
chip in and help out where they can.
Picture by Joyce Mmaitsi @theRealKhas via Twitter showing the huge number of people waiting to donate blood at Uhuru Park.
Any Kenyan outside Nairobi has been urged to go to a
provincial hospital to donate blood as there have been enquiries nationwide.
There have also been calls from the members of the public
that the government and relevant stakeholders in disaster management should
develop a policy that shall get Kenyans donating blood more frequently to
ensure that when disaster strikes again the blood bank is not caught unawares
and has back up blood stored.
See some tweets regarding the donation drive:
@bloodlineKE @juliegichuru @sanaipei_t there's blood
donation ongoing at the UoN students have volunteered to the noble cause
#weareone Muriithi Qchris @Jaden_kacqris
Long queues at Uhuru Park as Kenyans line up to donate
Social media has been used as an information source and also
for call to action for assistance where necessary. The profiles @bloodlineKE and
@KenyaRedCross are the main handles with up to date information for anyone
needing information on the blood donation.