White walls, everything is blurry, breathing seems hard and your heart labours to push the few remaining pints of blood round your body. You are light headed, there isn’t enough oxygen in your system, there is not enough blood to carry it.
Just when you think you have gotten to a place of reprieve, the doctor utters those dreadful words:
“I am truely sorry, but we do not have sufficient blood reserves in the hospital for you.”
Your world turns cold as panicky relatives are called one by one to assist you with some of their red gold, the precious resource not much talked about, Blood.
This scene is repeated countless of times in various places all around the country. Hundreds of pints of blood are required on a daily and more often than not, the National Blood Bank reserves can not satisfy the demand.
Here is where you come in…
The Good people over at Kuna Vijana set up the Wanadamu initiative in July this year.
Within 3 months, it had attended to over 40 cases in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret and Mombasa, with the database hosting people from as far as Lodwar
Kenyans have come out in large numbers to sign up for this worthy cause, but 52% of Nairobi donors have already donated, there is concern that, given the number of appeals they have attended to, a time may come when they may not have donors to dispatch when help is needed.
What is needed is more donors. To register as a donor use the information below
SMS : text 0737 712 509
- Your name,
- Your contacts,
- Your location,
- Your blood group
The difference with this initiative is you will only b called upon when there is an appeal for your specific blood group. Therefore, there are no storage costs and the patient is assured of their blood type being available.
Please get as many of your friends to sign up.
You never know, the next life you save may be your own.