Busia County Referral Hospital has sent a passionate appeal to County residents to donate blood to save lives of many patients in need of blood transfusion at the health institutions across the County.
Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service Busia Satellite manager David Bulimu said the centre has currently only 12 pints of blood which is still under process before it can be used.
Addressing the press at the Transfusion Centre on Tuesday, Bulimu said Kakamega, Kisumu, Bungoma and Eldoret which used to bail them out during emergencies have also run out of blood.
” This leaves us in a precarious position with our hopes now lying on good Samaritans to visit our facility from today (Wednesday) onwards to donate blood and help save lives of patients whose lives hangs in the balance.
We have been forced to transfer 17 patients to other hospitals outside the county who needed blood transfusion. We still receive many other patients especially those who suffer from anemia, sickle cell, accident victims and mothers who develop complications during delivery,” he said.
Flanked by the hospital administrator Eric Wamalwa, Bulimu said those who are eligible to donate blood are aged between 16 and 60 years, adding that the centre faces numerous challenges of blood scarcity during holidays when students are on holiday.
During the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi in September, 2013, Kenyans flocked in various hospitals to donate blood following the National Government appeal. It was overwhelming on our facility until we turned others away. We need such response to rescue lives of people facing imminent death,” Bulimu said.
He said the Blood satellite centre has a customer care Desk where those willing to donate blood are served with sodas, milk and biscuits. Busia journalists have offered to donate blood on Friday