Did you know there are 48 blood groups systems?

Prof Flower and Dr Rachel with department staff and students

In addition to ABO and Rh, there are 48 other recognised blood types called blood group systems. This was mentioned in a talk by Prof Robert Flower from the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood in a research by his PhD student, Dr Rachel Githiomi from KNBTS. 

The two had visited the department to present their findings and partner with the department in forming a national reference laboratory for blood group and genotyping. The research discovered there are more blood group systems among Kenyan that are not recognized.

Dr. P. Okemwa, the acting Chairman, urged the postgraduate students to link up with the two in further research in hematology.

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