The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to the blood bank of St George Hospital, Fort for allowing unqualified technicians to work there.
“The two blood bank technicians have lab technician degrees, but not from a government-recognised university. Hence we have served them a notice,” said an FDA official.
Inspectors have also found other discrepancies at the blood bank on two different occasions. The FDA had sent notices in October and December last year, but they were not taken seriously, the latest warning said. “We have asked them to respond to our letter. There is some discrepancy in keeping records,” said KB Shende, joint commissioner, FDA.
The blood bank collects around 5,000 blood units and holds over 60 donation camps annually. It also conducts blood transfusions for more than 100 children suffering from
thalassemia (a disorder where the body produces an abnormal form of haemoglobin).
Dr DR Kulkarni, medical superintendent of the hospital said they had received the letter on January 19. “There are some compliance issues, which we have rectified and will inform the FDA,” said Kulkarni.