BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,28TH JUNE,2022-Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said bread and soda will remain the incentives offered to the youth after blood donation.
The CS urged Kenyans to cultivate a culture of donating blood as a way of saving lives and a contribution to advancing Kenya’s Universal Health Coverage(UHC) agenda.
“Bread and soda were, and still remain an incentive for our young people in school. I urge different stakeholders to keep looking for new incentives to encourage the youth to donate blood,” Kagwe said
“I implore our youth to continue donating blood notwithstanding the available incentives as it helps us save lives,” he said
The CS was speaking on Wednesday during a blood transfusion and transplant conference held in Kiambu where he highlighted achievements made in strengthening blood transfusion services.
The Kenya National Blood Transfusion had earlier indicated that Kenyans donating blood will be appreciated with a litre of cooking oil to ensure more people donate blood.
However, the CS urged stakeholders to keep looking for new incentives to encourage the youth to donate blood.
Kagwe said instances of blood theft will be unheard of following the launch of the Kenya Blood Banking Information System known as Damu-KE, which will be used by both private and public sectors to account for blood and organs donate, transfused, and transplanted.
The government has put up more blood testing centers and satellites across the country which has seen an increase in the number of units of blood tested per day.
“We have 6 centers with one each in Mombasa, Nairobi, Embu, Eldoret, Nakuru, and Kisumu with a capacity for 2,500 daily tests. This translates to 650,000 annual tests over 260 working days and moving to 1,000,000 testing capacity in the next 30 days,” Kagwe noted
“In the past 17 months, we have realized over 480,000 units of blood and blood products donated by Kenyans. This brings us closer than ever before towards meeting our minimum annual demand of 500,000 units,” he added