First lady urges Kenyans to donate blood as country commemorates Westgate Attack

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and the director of the Westgate Memorial Exhibition, Arjun Kohli, at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi on September 16, 2014, during the official opening of the exhibition. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: First lady Margret Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to donate blood as Kenya marks the 4th anniversary of Westgate mall terror attack.

Speaking while launching blood donation drive at Visa Oshwal in Nairobi during the commemoration of the attack on Thursday, Mrs Kenyatta urged Kenyans to donate blood as one way of saving lives of many Kenyans who are in need of it.

She said that blood is a key factor in propelling health of citizens of any nation especially Kenya.

The first lady was concerned over a such heinous act that affected the nation including women and children whereby approximately 67 people lost their lives in the attack.

On 21st September 2013,Ashabaab militants stormed Nairobi’s premiere shopping centre ,firing indiscriminately at shoppers .The subsequent siege lasted 80 hours and resulted in atleast 67 deaths.

The launch of the drive will oversee the blood donation exercise to help in filling any gap of blood shortage in the Kenyan hospitals which has been occasioned by lack of blood donation.

The drive was initiated by bloodlink Foundation in conjunction with The Visa Oshwal Community in honor of the many people who lost lives or injured during The Westgate Mall attack.

The mall was reopened after two years .