Health and Child Care Secretary Major-General (Retired) Dr Gerald Gwinji said Government is targeting to start offering free blood to all patients in public health institutions in June this year. Currently, only pregnant women and children under the age of five are getting free blood.
We are looking at how we can fully finance the purchase of blood so that it’s free to patients in public hospitals. The investments made so far brought down the cost to US$50 for the general public patient and to zero for pregnant women and children under five years. We hope to mobilise more resources and partnerships to achieve a zero-cost at point of access for the patients.
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