Today, 14th June 2016 marked International Blood Donor Day with the theme for this year being ‘blood connects all of us’.
Speaking during the event, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi thanked the organizers for choosing to host the event at the University of Nairobi. ‘it is a demonstration that you have a high regard for this university'.
The Guest of Honor was Dr.Kioko, Director of Medical Services who started by thanking the University for allowing the function to be held here and also for the continued support to the Ministry of health. Mr. Kioko noted that in 2015 a total of 155,000 units of blood were collected. This is about 39% of the expected annual target of 400,000 units. Mr. Kioko noted that the only way to overcome this deficit is if people voluntarily donated blood regularly. Other strategies that the Ministry of Health has adopted include encouraging more adults to donate blood and through short message text (sms) (text for life).
He also noted that Kenya National Board Transfusion Service (KNBTS) has acquired an e-progressive blood computerized system that generates blood results in real time. The system has already been rolled out in kisumu. Mombasa, Nairobi among other places. Mr. Kioko concluded by asking the adult population to stand up and be counted as blood donors. ‘Blood saves lives’.
A blood donor Mr. Kennedy Sanya encouraged the participants to always have a chance to save life.’ It is being a blessing to someone. We are our own brother’s keeper’ He urged everyone that it was upon us to help one another since it is the only way we can continue building our country. Mr. Sanyu has donated blood 81 times and he was recognized by the Head of State for this noble gesture.
Another blood donor Ms. Aisha Dafarah noted that donating blood makes her feel good and have a great satisfaction. She also said that she felt appreciated anytime she received messages thanking her for donating blood.
A blood recipient beneficiary, Ms. Lorna Odongo thanked all the donors for their noble gesture. Ms. Odongo was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at the age of 2. So far she has received 14 pints of blood.
This is the 13th International blood donor day. The event was held at the Great Court from 11 am.