By Our reporter
It is a big reprieve for hundreds of patients from Kajiado County who had to travel for long distances to seek blood transfusion services as Kajiado county government launched the first blood transfusion centre.
The modern new blood centre, within Kajiado Referral Hospital, has the capacity to store 600 units of blood, enough to be shared to five Sub county hospitals.
Over the years, patients requiring blood transfusion services had to be referred to neighboring counties for the services incurring an extra cost both for the county government and the patient
“The patients requiring blood transfusion services had their lives at stake over the time. Patients had to be referred to either Kenyatta National Hospital or Machakos level five hospital.We hope the new unit will restore hope to hundreds of patients, “Said Mary Lisa, patient.
Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi said the new blood bank will be a savior to most Kajiado patients especially expectant mothers with complications.
He said in the past years, some patients had lost their lives due to the lack of blood transfusion services.
Memusi also encouraged locals to donate blood to make the new centre effective.
“This is a dream come true for our people. This centre is longtime overdue. I encourage our people to come out to donate blood. Let’s be our brother’s keeper,” Said Memusi.
When launching the centre Kajiado governor Joseph ole Lenku reiterated his administration commitment to improve the services of the Kajiado Referral Hospital.
He said the modern Intensive Care Unit is functional and CT scan unit will soon be operational.
“Kajiado patients requiring blood transfusion will no longer be referred to neighboring counties hospitals. We are moving with speed to make Kajiado referral hospital fully functional,” said Lenku.
Governor Lenku said the devolved unit is at high alert to curb the spread of Covid 19 and urban centers in the wake of the second wave of Covid 19 pandemic.
“Our isolation centers are up and running to be able to assist Covid 19 patients. Let us observe the Covid 19 protocols to curb the spread of the deadly virus. County government will not hesitate to put up raft of measures to protect our people,” he added.
Kajiado County remains Covid -19 hotspot owing to Kenya-Tanzania Namanga porous borders and proximity from Nairobi County.