The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is probing staff in the Ministry of Health over claims of illegal trade in donated blood.

This comes as Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe disclosed claims that staff in the Health Ministry sell donated blood outside Kenya.

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“We have asked the DCI to intervene and investigate sale of blood outside the borders of this country. Investigation is ongoing and we expect arrests will be made,” he said on Wednesday, March 11.

The DCi is probing Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service officers believed to be part of a cartel that has allegedly been siphoning blood donated by Kenyans and selling it in Somalia.

Concerns over blood shortage in the country hit headlines last year after several counties reported shortage.
Some of the countries that reported severe shortage included Nakuru, Machakos, Garissa and Kisumu.

Kagwe did not give further details on the scandalous trade but maintained the culprits will be brought to book.

” Those who donate blood are patriots and it is supposed to assist fellow Kenyans,” said Kagwe.

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