KNH addresses reports of discharging 10 cancer patients over blood shortage

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The Kenyatta National Hospital management has come  has come out to address reports published in a local daily alleging that the facility discharged 10 cancer patients over blood shortage.

Nicholas Gumbo -Board Chairpeson, in a statement released on Tuesday, said six out of the 10  patients who were discharged had a diagnosis of cancer but only two would require blood top up before the next outpatient treatment.

According to Gumbo, stable patients are often referred to a facility near the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS) to avoid long and unnecessary stay in the wards.

“The Kenyatta National Hospital-Blood Transfusion Unit in conjunction with the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS) have been working together in an effort to bridge the gap by conducting blood drives and mobilizing replacement donors,” said the KNH board boss.

“Currently, the hospital is able to mobilize 40 units per day against the demand of at least 200 units per day. This constitutes less than 20% of the requirement for normal operations.”