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Hospital stops blood collection, thalassemia patients worried

mumbai Updated: Apr 16, 2011 01:43 IST
Priya Prabhakaran

Around a 100 thalassemia patients are counting the days before the blood bank at St George hospital stops supplying blood units to them.

These patients are registered with St George Hospital, which provides blood to them for regular transfusions. The hospital’s blood bank has been asked by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to stop collecting blood.

“At present, it is supplying blood from its stock, which is expected to last for another ten days,” said a blood bank official.

In March, the FDA had inspected the hospital’s blood bank and ordered them to stop collecting blood from donors as the doctors were given additional charge at the blood bank.

“I have been registered in the thalassemia unit since I was six months old. I require blood every week,” said a worried 30-year-old thalassemia major patient.

As a rule, doctors should be appointed as full-time employees. Moreover, they were short of technicians and some of them did not have the mandatory Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician.

“We have already appointed a new in-charge for the blood bank and a blood transfusion officer. Technicians will be posted in a short period,” said Dr CG Gaikwad, superintendent of St George Hospital. He said that they would seek permission from the FDA to restart blood collection.