Mount Kenya University Lodwar Campus participated in a blood donation exercise in Turkana County last week. Campus Director Felix Sialo said the initiative implemented under a Private Public Partnership with the Ministry of Helath and County Government of Turkana will go a long way in saving the lives of people in this vast county. “This exercise was also in line with our corporate social responsibility initiatives,” said Mr Sialo.
The event, which was graced by Hon. Jane AurAjele, County Executive Committee member for Health and Sanitation in the County Government of Turkana. Also involved support partners namely Kenya Red Cross, and Save the Children. Hon. AurAjele said the initiative was in line with the Kenya Health policy (2011- 2030) and the Millennium Development Goals. “This blood donation drive will reverse high maternal and infant mortality rates in the County,” said Hon. AurAjele. “The marked numbers of surgical camp interventions at the Lodwar District Hospital and Kakuma Mission Hospital through Amref, and Spain surgical team among other partners has more often increased the demand of blood and its products use.”
With the continued support from MKU Lodwar Campus, the Campus envisages having its own blood transfusion centre. The Eldoret regional transfusion centre is about 570 kilometres away. The cost of transporting blood by air is expensive, about Ksh 200 per kilo. The County intends to start blood transfusion services at 11 new health facilities.
“I would like to thank Mount Kenya University management for showing the lead in supporting such an initiative,” said Hon. AurAjele.