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Blood racket: Accused stored blood in kitchen fridge

Blood units were stored in the kitchen of a rented house in Lucknow. Most of the blood units stored were not fit for use as collection and storage is done in an infection-free environment

lucknow Updated: Jun 07, 2017 13:48 IST
Gaurav Saigal
Six blood bags have been sent for screening to SGPGI and Balrampur Hospital, Lucknow.
Six blood bags have been sent for screening to SGPGI and Balrampur Hospital, Lucknow.(HT File Photo )

When Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) and the police teams raided the house in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, where an illegal blood supply racket was exposed, they were surprised to know how blood taken from donors was stored and supplied to potential buyers.

Arif had his own measure
  • ‘Self-styled’ pathologist Arif took blood from donors without any equipment to measure how much of it was being taken out.
  • The usual measure is 350 ml that makes one unit, but Arif’s measure was different.
  • As a result, the blood units in each bag had different measures.
  • The team sent six blood bags to the PGI and other blood components to Balrampur Hospital to check whether these units were screened for infection or were transfused to patients without the mandatory screening for infections such as HIV and Hepatitis.

Instead of a specially designed fridge to display and maintain temperature, a normal one was used to store blood.

‘Self-styled’ pathologist Arif took blood from donors without any equipment to measure how much of it was being taken out. The usual measure is 350 ml that makes one unit, but Arif’s measure was different.

The donation of blood is stopped when the equipment (blood collection monitor) indicates that 350 ml has been taken out, but Arif only relied on his eyes and brain for the ‘correct measure’. As a result, the blood units in each bag had different measures.

The team has sent six blood bags to the PGI and other blood components to Balrampur Hospital to check whether these units were screened for infection or were transfused to patients without the mandatory screening for infections such as HIV and Hepatitis.

Officials said there were chances that none of the blood units stored here were fit enough for human use as blood collection, storage is done in an infection-free environment, but the room where this was done was actually a kitchen of the rented house.

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“After donation, blood is stored at around 4 degrees Celsius and plasma cells are stored at even lower temperatures in fridges specially designed to display and maintain temperature,” said drug inspector Rama Shanker.