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Thursday March 12, 2020 - The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has launched investigations into officers of the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) who have allegedly been selling blood donated by Kenyans to Somalia.
According to reports, the DCI sought to establish the roles played by KNBTS officers in the creation of an artificial blood shortage in the country by illicitly trading supplies meant for Kenyan hospitals.
When reached for comment, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, noted that he was aware of the matter adding that it was under investigation by the DCI.
In a statement dated Friday, March 6th and sent to DCI George Kinoti, Kagwe alleged that there was a cartel in and outside the country orchestrating the shortages and illegal sales.
“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,” Kagwe stated.
“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," he added.
The CS asked the sleuths to investigate the matter lest it spills out of hand.
Kagwe revealed that the Ministry had enacted measures to curb further blood shortages in the country.
He informed the country that the move was inclusive of a Bill that would govern the donation, processing and distribution of blood.
The ministry will also establish an ICT system able to trace transfused blood, from the source to the patient.
In 2019, several health facilities in different Counties across the country reported massive blood shortages, all pointing fingers at KNBTS.
KNTBS, which is the country's only blood bank attributed the crisis to financial challenges.
According to its arguments, the US Government withdrawing its PEPFAR funding hit the country hard, and as a result, blood banks were running dry.
The Kenyan DAILY POST