Acute shortage of blood at civil hospital leaves patients harried

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2014 15:29 IST

Due to shortage of blood at the district blood bank at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, patients, especially poor, are a harried lot.

The authorities at the hospital cite summer vacations in colleges as the major reason behind the crunch as most blood donors are young students, they say.

However, the blood bank of the hospital- the lifeline for patients, especially the poor- has been in doldrums, which has left many fighting for life.

During a visit to the blood bank of the hospital, HT found many poor attendants wandering here and there to get the blood.

Ram Bahore, a rickshaw puller, who was asked to arrange blood for his ailing wife admitted at the hospital, said he was denied blood by the blood bank at the hospital.

He added the hospital authorities at the blood bank, saying the shortage of blood, asked him to arrange the blood from outside or donate blood as a replacement.

Ram, an under-nourished man, could not donate the blood. Ironically, he did not have any friends here who could help him during the time of crisis.

Similarly, Kishore Kumar, a relative of a patient admitted at the civil hospital, said, “The blood bank, opened for the benefits of poor, is of no use since most of the time authorities here refuse to give blood and ask people arrange from somewhere else.” Also, though charges per unit blood have been increased from Rs 300 to Rs 500 for government hospitals and from Rs 750 to Rs 1450 for private hospitals-by the health department from July 1, there are no changes in the basic facility at the blood bank.

However, Dr Ramandeep Kaur, in-charge of blood bank, Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, admitted about the shortage of blood at the centre, but shrugged off from the responsibility saying “as it’s the district blood bank, number of patients visiting the blood bank on every basis is very high.”

She also said that in the summer season, the hospital could not arrange many donors, which was the prime reason behind the acute shortage of blood.

“In summers, the demand of blood is usually high as most planned surgeries are done during this time. However, due to vacations in colleges -as most of the blood donation seminars are arranged in colleges-there is a shortage of blood.”

She also maintained that the hospital was planning to hold as many as four blood-donation camps this month.

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