17 September 2012

Kenya: Shortage of Blood Hits Kisii District Hospital

Kisii Level Five Hospital is facing an acute shortage of blood, medical superintendent Geoffrey Otomu has said.

The hospital cannot handle emergency cases such as accidents because of the problem," said Otomu at the weekend. He appealed to members of the public, especially those with blood group O-Positive, to donate it to the hospital.

To meet the demand, Otomu said the facility requires more than 200 units of blood for transfusion. Meanwhile, operations at the facility that serves patients from the Kisii and parts of Transmara districts have been paralysed due to the doctors' strike that started last week. A spot check at the hospital's outpatient wing revealed that no doctor was available to serve them as others opted to seek services in private hospitals.

"I am having stomach complications but nobody is here to attend to me. I am appealing to the government to address the matter urgently so that doctors can be back to work to save lives," said Hellen Kemunto. Kemunto said it was paining to see patients suffering due to the government's inability to end the strike.

"We don't know where we are heading because the strikes by employees in key sectors are an indication that the government is not in charge at all," she added. The doctors have defied a government's directive to resume work until their plight, which includes payment of Sh92,000 monthly allowance, is addressed.

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