Government figures for 2016-17 show they were running a shortage of up to 2 million units, and more than a million units are discarded every year because the blood does not meet quality parameters or deteriorates during storage.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
One of the reasons was lack of initiatives on part of the hospital authorities to launch awareness campaigns at any level for informing people to donate blood.
Source: The Tribune
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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