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Thalassaemia centre in Mumbai to burden two blood banks?

Mumbai city news: In the beginning, the centre will initially require 1,800 units (bags) of blood and later 4,800 units.

mumbai Updated: Jun 04, 2017 00:59 IST
Sadaguru Pandit
Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder that restricts the production of haemoglobin in the body
Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder that restricts the production of haemoglobin in the body(HT)

As the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s much-awaited thalassaemia centre at Borivli nears completion, its blood banks at Sir JJ Hospital near Byculla and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, are gearing up to meet the extra demand. The centre’s success depends on these blood banks. In the beginning, it will initially require 1,800 units (bags) of blood and later 4,800 units.

Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder that restricts the production of haemoglobin in the body. Thus, depending on severity of the disease, patients need to get blood transfusions regularly.

In a recent response to the Lokayukta’s query on the status of the Rs4.8-crore centre at Borivali, Dr Avinash Supe, director, medical education and tertiary care hospitals, said that it was not cost-effective to open a new blood bank only for the centre.

This means that the centre, which will be opened soon, will put additional pressure on the two blood banks, said Chetan Kothari, who had complained to the Lokayukta, raising questions about the feasibility of the project.

“There are going to be 75 patients at the start. The centre should be able to meet its demand of 2,000 units of blood. The limit is likely to be increased to 5,000 units a year, which is sufficient for almost 200 patients,” Dr Supe said in his response. The centre will have two wards — a day care centre with 21 beds and a marrow transplant unit with eight beds. While 90% of the mechanical and electric work has been completed, officials confirmed that 80% of medical equipment had been bought with the help of donations.

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