(KDRTV)-The Director of Public Prosecution (DCI) has launched an investigation at the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) over the unlawful sale of blood donated by Kenyans to Somalia
The approach by the DCI has surfaced after investigation unveiled that there is a cartel that expedited the siphoning of blood donated by Kenyans hence selling it to various African countries including Somalia
Professedly, the case was launched last week on Wednesday with a focus of revealing the roles played by the officers attached to the KNBTS in smuggling the blood instead of supplying it to Kenyan hospitals
While speaking to a local media station, the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe admitted that there were reports signifying that same
However, the CS did not tender more details regarding the bootlegging but instead issued a stern warning stating that the culprits would be arrested
“There is an investigation going on and we expect arrests to be made. There has been gaps within this sector. We have asked DCI to intervene in the system. We understand that there are people who are selling blood immorally,” Kagwe said.
He further added that the blood donation and management was put on the ICT scheme where it is well accounted for
The revelations have emerged a few days after the Ministry of Health had announced that there was a shortage of blood in the country hence the reason for escalated deaths in hospitals
In a statement on March 6, 2020, seen by KDRTV, the Health CS Kagwe had connected cartels to the shortage in the country where he indicated that it was operating within and outside the country
KDRTV also established that in 2019 counties such as Nakuru, Machakos, Garissa, and Kisumu had recorded a shortage of blood and faulted the KNBTS
“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,” Kagwe is quoted.
KNBTS is the only body mandated by the State to collect, test, process and distribute blood and relevant products