Mombasa residents encouraged to donate blood to avoid looming shortage

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Kenyans donating blood./COURTESY

BY>> ALLAN MUCHEMI

Mombasa residents have been urged to donate blood.

Speaking to Baraka FM, Kenya Red Cross Director Mombasa County, Mohammed Rajab Said, said there was looming blood shortage at the Coast General Hospital blood Bank.

According to Rajab, the need for blood has exceeded the capacity they have as an organization to meet the ever increasing blood demand.

“We use blood of not less than 100 pints on a daily basis, this means that the blood capacity in our blood bank is unable to meet the high demand being experienced. High percentage of blood in our banks goes to cancer patients, mothers in labor wards and patients on dialysis,” Mohammed Rajab said.

Rajab has urged residents in all the Coastal region counties to come forward in large numbers and donate blood in order to save lives.

Rajab dismissed misleading information in public domain about blood donation and reiterated the benefits associated with blood donation not only to recipients but also the donors.

“The blood cells have a life span of about 110 to 120 days after this period the blood cells starts to weaken and during blood donation is when one gets rid of the inactive cells giving an opportunity for the manufacture of new and vibrant cells which are important to the functioning human body,” he said.

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