Nawanshahr attained the status of district in 1995, but its only civil hospital still doesn't have the facility of blood bank on its premises.
The hospital is either dependent on an NGO or it refers patients to other districts.
The blood bank of the civil hospital has been set up at the Banga community health centre (CHC), which is 15 km away from the district.
An NGO, Blood Donors Council (BDC), which has been working in the district for the past 20 years, delivers around 150 units of blood to the civil hospital in a month.
According to sources in the civil hospital, there was a proposal of setting up a blood bank in the hospital, but it was shifted to the Banga CHC due to lack of space and political pressure at that time.
No official made an effort to establish a blood bank at the district headquarters, which is mandatory.
With an increase in traffic flow in the city, there has been a steep rise in the number of road accidents. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to set up a blood bank on the premises of the civil hospital.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, senior medical officer of the civil hospital Gurpal Singh confirmed that the civil hospital does not have a mandatory blood bank since its inception and whenever they need blood for patients, they get it from the Banga CHC.
He added that around 40 to 50 road accidents cases were admitted to the hospital in a month and they either take blood from the NGO or the Banga CHC. "If we don't get blood from these two places, we have to refer the patient to the PGI, Chandigarh, or DMC, Ludhiana," he said.
Secretary of the NGO Jaspal Singh Gidda said the NGO had been delivering around 150 to 160 units of blood to the civil hospital for the past many years.
When contacted, civil surgeon Ashwani Kumar Sondhi said the health department would soon shift the blood bank to the new building of the civil hospital in Nawanshahr from Banga. He added that the blood bank of the Banga CHC was of the civil hospital.