In Summary
  • Nakuru Town is located along the busy Nairobi-Eldoret highway which is the first emergency stop for road crash victims.
  • Mr Kamotho said they are now holding public blood donations drives targeting the adult population.
  • Measures are being put in place to ensure there is enough blood in their banks in their 24 centres across the country.

As we approach the festive season, hospitals in Nakuru have started experiencing blood shortage.

At the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, sources said the shortage had forced some patients to seek transfusion elsewhere.

Nakuru Town is located along the busy Nairobi-Eldoret highway which is the first emergency stop for road crash victims.

According to statistics from National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), more than 2,750 people have lost their lives on the road this year.

SHORTAGE

According to the Nakuru Medical Superintendent Joseph Mburu, the shortage of blood for transfusion was experienced a week ago but he added that the situation has since been resolved.

“We could not carry out the transfusion about a week ago and patients who required the service had to get it from the transfusion headquarters in Nairobi. At the moment we have sufficient (blood) to cater for the needs of the patients,” said Dr Mburu.

Apart from road crash victims, other patients who require emergency blood transfusion include women during delivery and cancer patients.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, a country is said to be blood-sufficient when at least one percent of its population donates blood once annually.

BLOOD DONORS

Nakuru County is home to more than two million residents but not even a quarter of the population volunteers to donate blood.

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