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Philip Ogola: Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service Center Is In Shambles

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The founder of Time Out Media Limited, popularly referred to as the Digital Humanitarian, whose real name is Philip Ogola, has shared devastating news about the state of Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) Centre.

While most of the mainstream media hype the, according to me, irrelevant BBI report, Ogola who has also worked as the Social Media Head at the Kenya RedCross Society and the brainchild behind the #iVolunteer campaign, through his Twitter account shared a thread highlighting how KNBTS has become an ignominy operating on decayed infrastructure.

According to Ogola, KNBTS blood banks are empty. The center has no drivers, working vehicles, gloves for the medical personnel, blood bags, strapping materials, distilled water to test and screen blood and blood products.

Ogola said that the facility also is operating with a Broken cold room that holds blood.  “This is why blood donors have been turning up at the KNBTS but they are being turned away due to lack of the necessary equipment and personnel to handle the same.”

Ogola stated that he gets more than 10 blood appeal messages every single day that they share on various platforms to help those in need to find blood donors.

Philip is a survivor of acute nephritis of the Kidney which he had been diagnosed with before he sought specialized treatment abroad. Before Kenya Red Cross, Ogola who bagged BAKE Awards, Best Tweep Corporate for best use of social media worked at Gina Din Corporate Communications as a Social Media Consultant.

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Ministry of Health (MoH) has not responded to the sad state of KNBTS that is supposed to be the hope for the unfortunate and hopeless.


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