We have not witnessed such blood shortage in the last three decades.
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Against the daily supply of 50 to 60 units till a week ago, the IHBT Department is able to supply about 20 units for emergency cases only. Of the 11 employees at the department, six are on strike. “The Department of IHBT was forced to cancel two blood donation camps because of the shortage of staff,” said Dr RN Maharishi, head of the department.
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In 2016-17 alone, over 6.57 lakh units of blood and its products were discarded.
Source: The Times of India
Experts have said while wastage of a few units was a norm in most blood banks, the hospital’s blood bank has been discarding between 17-32% of blood that is collected annually over the years. (Source: Times of India)
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NACO said in a recent report that the “complex structure” of the system monitoring blood banks is a major problem: Currently, they are monitored by the state food and drug control bodies, while the license is issued by the Drug Controller General of India and the guidelines are set by the National Blood Transfusion Council. (Source: IndiaSpend)
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Employees of the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital blood bank have been ringing up college principals and members of NGOs to ensure that a continuous supply of blood is maintained. It is mandatory to maintain a level of 350 units daily in the bank. However, with not many volunteers coming forward, this level has dropped considerably to 195 units. (Source: The Tribune)
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