Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohamed Badi together with Nairobi County Acting Governor Ann Kananu have launched the first Blood Collection Center in Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
The Smart Bank which is located at Mama Lucy Hospital, was made possible through a partnership with LifeBank and the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service.
In a statement, Mohamed Badi said that NMS was committed to setting up more blood collection centres in partnership with the KNBTS and other like minded partners aiming to improve blood sustainability, a model which is set to be devolved to the counties.
“Smartbank Blood Banking is key. Having a steady reliable blood supply is critical towards addressing national disasters, saving lives,” he said.
“The passing of the 2010 constitution devolved healthcare to address the gaps in healthcare and ensure equity and access to all citizens,” he added.
Last year, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health Rashid Aman disclosed the country’s blood situation was challenging hence the need to restock.
According to CS Aman, the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service used to collect about 450 pints of blood everyday but due to the Covid-19 the figures dropped between 70 to 80 per cent.
During the World Blood Donor Day, he noted that the drop in collection caused a major strain in the country’s blood bank.
He also acknowledged that there was some level of corruption in the blood services and the Health Ministry had launched investigations as it moves to reform KNBTS.
The Health Ministry also received Ksh 1 billion through the World Bank programme to upgrade and improve services and blood collection within the satellites throughout the country.