In violation of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) guidelines, people who donate blood at the blood bank of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil hospital have not been getting the mandatory diet or refreshment for some time now.
NACO guidelines state that the blood bank has to provide refreshment of at least Rs 50 to the blood donors soon after donating blood at the blood bank. NACO also provides a grant of Rs 50 per donor to the authorities concerned for this purpose.
At a time when dengue has spread in and around the city, many people who are coming in to donate blood are complaining of not receiving any refreshments at the blood bank.
As per details procured from the hospital’s blood bank, around 800 units of blood are collected every month. These days, when the hospital is getting patients with reduced platelets and suspected dengue, 30-35 donors are arriving everyday as well.
Various social organisations which organise blood donation camps in association with the district health department use to get grants from the concerned authorities but now grants are no longer being given.
Speaking to HT, Vipul Madaan (20), a BTech final-year student at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, said, “I donated blood on Wednesday night at the civil hospital’s blood bank as someone urgently needed A-positive blood. Nobody talked about refreshment.”
Saurabh Jain (29), a local businessman, also claimed that he did not receive any refreshment when he donated blood at the civil hospital on August 27.
“I waited for some time, hoping they would offer some refreshment, but nothing of that sort happened,” Jain said.
“I had not donated blood to get refreshment from the blood bank, but at least the hospital authorities should think about this seriously,” he said.
There are two blood banks in the district — one at the Jalandhar civil hospital and other at the Nakodar hospital. The Nakodar hospital has not received any financial assistance for refreshment for the last two years. People who usually arrange donors for their relatives offer some refreshments.
Blood transfusion officer Dr Gagandeep Singh expressed unawareness about diet not being offered to donors. “These days, there is a heavy rush of donors at the blood bank and someone might not have been received refreshment by chance,” he said.