Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says Kenya had ignored the importance of blood for a long time, and going forward, the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) will be transformed to a Semi Autonomous Government Agency (SAGA).
The SAGA will oversee all activities of blood collection, storage and general management.
“We have not been managing the whole exercise correctly. In the short term as we await the Bill that’s on the floor of the National Assembly, we are coming up with a regulatory Framework, to start managing the blood sector immediately,” he said this morning.
For purposes of traceability of the blood from the donor to the recipient, Kagwe said the Ministry of Health will work closely with that of ICT.
The idea, he said is to regionalise the collection of blood. “Once the whole exercise is digitalised, it will make it easy for us to know who is donating blood; how is it going to be stored and managed; and who is receiving it,” he said.
Kenyans, Kagwe said, must own this process, in order to be assured that for those need blood when they are going to hospitals, they get it.