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Kenyans turn up to donate blood

23 September 2013, 12:40 Maureene Danielle

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 blood transfusions.

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 collection.

There have been various collection centres set up across the country.

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 Westgate continues.

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:

Muriithi Qchris @Jaden_kacqris

@bloodlineKE @juliegichuru @sanaipei_t there's blood donation ongoing at the UoN students have volunteered to the noble cause #weareone Muriithi Qchris @Jaden_kacqris

Wilson Mburu @Wilson_Mburu

Long queues at Uhuru Park as Kenyans line up to donate blood...#WeAreOne

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.

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