Kenya's Blood Runs Out as MPs Drag Their Feet on Transfusion Bill

Kenya is reportedly staring at a blood crisis, with the volumes in hospital blood banks at its lowest levels. The situation is aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic that has scared donors away. The bulk of blood donors are learners who have been home since schools and colleges closed due to Covid-19 in March 2020. Others are relatives of patients who sometimes travel from rural areas, but whose movements are restricted by the nighttime curfew. The proposed Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service Bill establishes the service as a state entity, with the sole responsibility to regulate and coordinate blood transfusions in Kenya. It proposes a semi-autonomous blood service to carry out blood transfusions, in conjunction with counties.

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