Aruasa reveals strategy to replenish blood banks

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Health facilities in the North Rift are getting blood donations from patients’ relatives.

This is because of the Corona Virus pandemic that has scared off voluntary donors and compelled them to stay home.

When things are normal, the country mainly relies on learning institutions which are now closed as a result of the virus.

The latest approach by hospitals is aimed at ensuriny sufficient supply of blood for the benefit of critical patients.

However, according to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Wilson Aruasa, there is no cause of alarm over the availability of blood even as he admitted that there has been a drop in the quantities available as compared to when learning institutions are on.

The drop has necessitated the need to get blood donations from the patients’ relatives.

“For the patients who need blood in the MTRH and in the region, we are asking relatives to come and donate at this time when schools and colleges are closed. 

We’re able to get one for one, like if you need blood we are able to get it for that one patient. Of course when more relatives donate, we can manage to store the excess for the next patient,” noted Dr Aruasa. 

“It is not such a big problem at the moment although it is not in the normal quantities that we normally have when schools and colleges are on,” he added.

With reports that schools will remain closed for at least the next one month, the MTRH boss said they will soon be rolling out an initiative where they will regularly be visiting shopping malls and centers as well as supermarkets within major urban areas in a bid to collect more blood from donors.

“This will enable us to get adequate supply of blood for patients who get admitted in our hospitals,” noted Dr Aruasa.

Blood is a key component in provision of health services as it helps in saving lives.

All regions across the country have at least one blood transfusion center.

The North Rift Blood Transfusion Centre is in Eldoret town.

Statistics indicate that in every two seconds, someone needs blood hence need for hospitals to always have a blood bank.

CAPTION: Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) CEO Dr Wilson Aruasa with Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago in a recent media briefing. PHOTO/Joshua Cheloti.

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