The on-going summer vacations have hit city blood donation camps. Low donor turnout has particularly affected the number of blood platelets available in the city.
The State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) usually conducts camps at colleges and corporate offices. While colleges are shut for vacations, several office-goers are on leave. “Many residents are out of town during this time, leading to a low turn out at blood donation camps,” said Dr Devle Patil, deputy chairman, Voluntary Blood Donor Motivation Committee, SBTC.
“Patients from outside the city have scheduled surgeries in the city’s private hospitals. Therefore we see a large consumption of platelets and blood units, adding to the daily shortage.”
“We have scheduled a number of donation drives with religious groups to keep the blood donations steady. The situation is still manageable,” said, Dr Girish Chuadhary the director of SBTC.
Donations at independent blood banks have also dropped significantly. “There is at least a 20 % decrease in the blood availability and most banks are at a break-even point,” said Dr Abhijit Bopardikar, who runs a blood bank in Bandra.
“During the summer, it is difficult to organise outdoor camps owing to the heat,” said Dr Rahul Jain, blood bank officer, Kohinoor Hospital.
Even public hospitals in the city have been affected. “We are not in a position to provide blood to other banks. We might face a crisis in the monsoon, when cases of malaria, dengue and leptospirosis surface, resulting in a demand for platelets,” said Dr G V Puranik, head of the blood bank at Nair Hospital.