Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are investigating officers of the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) believed to be part of a cartel that has allegedly been selling blood donated by Kenyans to Somalia.
This comes amid reports that Kenya has inadequate capacity to screen and store donated blood.
“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,” said Kagwe.
“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.”
The Health CS has urged the DCI to expedite investigations into the illegal blood sale before the situation gets out of hand.
In the interview with Citizen TV on Wednesday, Kagwe stated that the Health Ministry is putting in place measures of ensuring the issue of blood shortage is dealt with once and for all.
On the other hand,KNBTS, which runs Kenya’s only blood bank, blames the shortage of the commodity to the withdrawal of the US government’s PEPFAR funding.