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Kenya: Report Reveals Shocking Details of Blood Transfusion Centres

The digital blood management system is down because software licences have not been paid for. This has compromised the quality of donated blood transmitted to those in need, a report by a parliamentary committee reveals.

The report by the National Assembly’s Committee on Health also shows that only two cold rooms for blood storage are operational while the rest have broken down.

The report, tabled in Parliament on Thursday by committee vice-chair Joshua Kutuny, also revealed that the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) is operating with only 25 per cent of its staffing needs, with only 144 workers against the required 600.

Satellite centres

“Kenya Blood Transfusion Service as currently constituted is in a dire state which includes all its regional blood transfusion centres and its satellite centres,” the report says.

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“The centres are in a dilapidated state, lacking enough personnel, operational support, transport, reagents and other materials. Donors withdrew their support.”

The committee, while receiving citizens’ views on the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service Bill, 2020, also found that KNBTS, with 33 sites across the country, has only 10 motor vehicles, a majority of which are grounded because there is no money to service them.