Even though there is a rise in blood collected in the 58 blood banks across the city, there is still a shortfall of 85,000 units of blood to match the World Health Organisation estimates.
Due to the change in the way grants are given, the number of blood donation drives have increased and blood banks across the city collected 2.64 lakh units of blood in 2010 compared to 2.47 lakh units in 2009.
According to international calculations, 2 per cent of the total population of a city should be the average blood units collected in blood banks.
Accordingly, Mumbai needs 3.5 lakh units of blood and if there are more critical care hospitals in the city, then an additional 0.25 per cent is needed in the estimate.
“We are falling short of at least 85,000 units even after a rise in blood collection,” said a senior official from the Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS). Officials said the gap needed to be bridged soon.
There has been a rise in donations at the 58 blood banks. Twenty of these are National Aids Control Organisation (NACO)-assisted, of which only 8 have the system to fraction components of blood.
Of the 2.64 lakh units of blood collected, currently only 75 per cent can be fractioned and stored into components. “These days there are several cases where whole blood need not be transfused and
that’s when the separate components are needed,” another official said.
Dr SS, Kudalkar, project officer of MDACS, said the rise in blood donation is due to the change in the system in which grants are given.
Earlier NACO gave an annual voluntary blood collection grant to the State Blood Transfusion Corporation (SBTC), but from last year, the grant of Rs50 lakh has been sent to directly to MDACS.
Authorities said as the grant went to SBTC, there was barely any co-ordination to organise camps in the city. But now, the grant is being distributed to various government-run and NACO-affiliated blood banks in order to increase the blood donation drives.