Oct 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Report reveals shocking details of blood transfusion centres

The report of the National Assembly Health Committee also shows that only two cold rooms for blood storage are in operation while the rest have collapsed.

The report presented by the Deputy Committee in Parliament on Thursday Chairman Joshua Kutuny, also announced that the National Blood Transfusion Service of Kenya (KNBTS) is only working with 25 percent of its staffing needs, with only 144 employees versus the 600 required.

Satellite centers

“The Kenyan one Blood transfusion service is in a disastrous state as it is currently constituted, encompassing all of its regional blood transfusion centers and satellite centers, ”the report reads.

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“The centers are in a state of disrepair, it lack of staff, operational support, transportation, reagents and other materials. The donors have withdrawn their support. ”

The committee that received citizens’ views on Kenya’s National Blood Transfusion Service Law of 2020 also found that KNBTS, with 33 locations across the country, only has 10 motor vehicles . most of these are grounded because there is no money to service them.

Kenya requires at least 500,000 units of blood annually, the committee found, but due to bureaucratic delays and inefficiencies at KNBTS, only 93,000 units were needed Collected last year.

When he put the bill on Thursday at second reading, Mr Kutuny said that legislators urgently need to pass it to streamline blood donation.

Most MPs , who supported the bill, said it was time for proper regulation of blood because it was an essential and precious commodity.

Kilifi North MP Owen Baya said the The bill will create structures to ensure that donated blood is safe.

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Saving lives

“Blood costs will go down and this will save more lives because poor people are not us can afford us blood, “he said.

The law allows health facility owners to face a million shutter fines or three years in prison for selling blood without the approval of the Health Cabinet Secretary.

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The bill prohibits this Importing or exporting blood without the express permission of the Cabinet Secretary.

The proposed law is also designed to close loopholes that have made blood donation a lucrative business aimed at rich patients – the majority of the poor die from lack of blood .

If the bill sponsored by Murang’a’s representative Sabina Chege is approved, it will create a legal framework for activities related to blood donation, testing, processing, protection and transfusion, and quality control. < / p>

In Kenya there is no legal framework for blood transfusion services and this affects the safety, quality and availability of blood.

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