Despite recent donation plan, Pune faces scarcity of blood

May 13, 2013, 04:23 IST | Anup Satphale

District Voluntarily Blood Donation Committee was formed barely six months ago to meet the scarcity of blood in the city and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal area.

The concerned authorities seem to have no recent updates about the committee and its work.

According to various blood bank members, NGOs and civil hospitals the problem of blood scarcity crops up because there is no plan drawn up for voluntarily donation camps. Considering this, the District Voluntarily Blood Donation Committee was formed to coordinate donation efforts and chalk out a plan for blood donation camps so that adequate blood will be available throughout the year.

Being May, various educational institutes either have examinations or holidays and majority the blood donation drive has come to a standstill. “Youngsters are the ones who give blood easily. Being examination or holiday time they are busy with other interests,” said DG Kulkarni, medical superintendent of Sassoon General Hospital. Rohila Mule form the Jankalyan Blood bank said, “There is scarcity of blood this month. Presently, we are facing shortage of blood groups A, B and AB both positive and negative.”

Other blood banks are also facing a scarcity of blood of various blood groups.

Out for blood

Vinayak More, civil surgeon, and a part of District Voluntarily Blood Donation Committee, said, “Our metro blood bank work is in progress. Once that is done there will be enough blood.”

When asked about the committee, he said, “We are working on blood scarcity issue, and considering complaints from thalassemia patients. I will get back to you later about the committee.”

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