Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in Kisumu had launched a week long blood donation drive to help in addressing blood shortage.
Kisumu County deputy governor Dr Mathews Owili presided over the launch of the drive and donated blood.
Owili said the referral hospital needs enough blood to sustain its patients under their care.
He said the shortage of blood was being experienced in a number of hospitals in the country putting the lives of patients at risks.
Speaking to the press at the facility after donating blood, Owili urged the locals to turn up and donate blood.
He said the donation was opened to everyone from Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western regions since the hospital was a referral facility taking in patients from any part of the country.
Owili said the number coming in donate blood was promising but called for more people to come over for the donation.
The hospital chief executive officer Dr Peter Okoth said blood was required in the hospital in a daily basis.
Okoth said those involved in accidents, women in labour and in medical wards require blood urgently thus the need to have a full blood bank.
He said people should volunteer to give blood that will in turn save friends or family members while in need.