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How Blood Donated by Kenyans is Sold In Somalia

  • Kenyans voluntarily donate blood which is then screened and store in the blood banks by Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service -KNBTS.
  • Cartels coordinating with officers from KNBTS sell the blood indented for Kenyan hospitals to Private hospitals and outside the country particularly Somalia.
  • Ministry of health has asked Kinoti from the DCI to carry out investigation and arrest the perpetrators.
  • Kenya produces 164,000 binds units of blood per year against the 1 million  bind units the country need per year

Each time you pass through different streets in most Kenyan towns, you are likely to be approached by individuals from Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) requesting you to voluntarily donate blood to help other Kenyans. As a patriotic citizen you willingly accept to do so not because of the soft drink you will be offered but because you want to save lives.

Well, your act of kindness to save a life is likely being betrayed by someone else who is greedy and only after money. This is after a report emerged that some officers from the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) are part of a cartel that has been siphoning blood donated by Kenyans and selling it to Somalia.

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A case was opened last week on Wednesday and DCI is probing a cartel within the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service for the irregular sell blood of donated by Kenyans to Somalia.

Speaking to Citizen TV on Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe acknowledged receiving reports on the illegal sale of blood in the country, terming it as unfortunate and unacceptable. He said they have realized cartels have been selling blood to private hospitals and outside the country. Somalia was singled out as the key destination of blood from Kenya.

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“The Ministry is aware that there are criminal elements both within and outside the country who are colluding with outsiders to escalate the problems pertaining to blood countrywide,” Noted Kagwe.

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In a statement Dated 6th march 2020 and copied to the DCI George Kinoti, the Health CS blamed the shortage on the cartels  within KNBTS. He noted that the cartels operate within and outside the country.

“These cartels have been engaged in blood trade within as well as outside the country for selfish gain without any regard to women and children who are dying in hospitals as a result of this shortage.”

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Early findings have indicated that the cartels within Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) usually create an artificial shortage of blood in the country then ask Kenyans to donate blood. The blood then finds its way to Somalia where it is sold to Somalia health facilities.

The health CS has called upon the DCI to speed up the investigation and arrest the perpetrators.

He hinted a plan to use ICT to map and track the circulation of blood from the donor to the end user.

“We will incorporate ICT so as to manage the flow of blood. That will help us to track blood from the donor to the end user”

Kenya produces 164,000 bind units of blood per year against the demand of 1 Million bind units of blood per year

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