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There’s enough blood, national bank says, dismisses Jaramogi hospital claim

The blood transfusion service has dismissed claims it has run short of supply and asked hospitals to go to their facilities where there is enough.

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital had alleged there is no stock of blood in the country.

The hospital is located next to Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service, Kisumu centre.

In a statement on Wednesday, Service director Margaret Oduor dismissed as erroneous, social media reports that there is no blood at the hospital.

“Our stocks now stands at 10,551 units of blood that is available for transfusion,” Oduor said.

“We take great exception to that kind of narrative as it has the potential to cause panic and disharmony especially for patients and their relatives who may be in need of that service.”

The director further said KNBTS redoubled blood collection efforts in June and July in readiness for eventualities associated with the general election.

Students form part of the largest blocs of Kenyans who donate blood so amounts collected during holidays are usually low.

“We appeal to any individual or groups who have an interest in the area of blood transfusion to check with us before sending any information to the public as we are open and ready to engage with all stakeholders.”

KNBTS has centres in 23 counties where blood collection, storage and distribution is done.

They include Nairobi, Machakos, Nyeri, Embu, Thika, Meru, Naivasha, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Kisii and Migori.

Other facilities are located in Garissa, Malindi, Lodwar, Voi, Eldoret, Kitale, Busia and Bungoma.

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