Kenya Launches Safe Blood Collection Effort
June 28, 2010
Kenyan health authorizes are teaming with medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) to train clinicians how to safely collect and handle blood.
"Now, if that's not done properly, there is an obvious risk to the health worker and also a risk to the patient as well. Within a certain environment, we can completely stop transmission," Muraguri said.
The training program will be implemented in eight facilities in four high-prevalence regions of the country. While the rate of HIV among Kenya's adults is 7 percent, some regions report adult prevalence as high as 15 percent, Muraguri said.
The program will address injection safety, including proper use and disposal of hypodermic needles. The 20 health care workers in the program also will learn how to ensure the quality of the blood specimen itself.
"If you don't get a correct sample, you probably mismanage the patient as well," Muraguri said.
BD also will fund the construction of two incinerators in Kenya for the disposal of medical waste.
Voice of America News
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