NAIROBI, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Ministry of Health said on Monday that plans to establish an electronic blood tracking system and ensure that donated blood reached intended beneficiaries are at an advanced stage.
Susan Mochache, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the electronic system that will be introduced soon will help enhance accountability and efficiency in the management of blood banks countrywide.
Mochache said the government through the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) has embarked on strengthening blood accountability mechanism through a phased approach.
"This approach will ensure regular blood stock taking is undertaken and maintained in the national blood inventory management system," Mochache said during a blood donation drive held in Nairobi to commemorate World Blood Donor Day.
She said that a number of infrastructural and human resource initiatives are currently underway with a view to upgrading the national blood banks as well as enhancing storage capacities and a robust distribution system.
Mochache called on Kenyans to donate blood regularly to help meet the required amount of blood required by health facilities, adding that blood needs have increased over time due to population growth, road traffic accidents, rising incidents of cancer, postpartum hemorrhage and surgery needs.
She said the government has embarked on expansion of blood collection centers countrywide.
With respect to providing a facilitative environment for the reforms in blood services, Mochache said the government has developed policies, guidelines and circulars aimed at ensuring that the blood service reforms are realized.
She said the government continues to review the guidelines in line with international blood safety and standards to provide a framework for enhanced safety, efficacy and efficiency of blood services.