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A health worker takes test tubes with plasma and blood samples after a separation process in a centrifuge during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination study at the Research Centers of America.(REUTERS)

Pune hospitals find plasma therapy effective in moderate Covid-19 patients

By Steffy Thevar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 03:27 PM IST
ICMR study has found that this therapy is not as promising in bringing down the mortality rate
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King George’s Medical University is understood to be the first institute in Uttar Pradesh to use plasma from asymptomatic people to treat active Covid-19 patients.(HT PHOTO)
King George’s Medical University is understood to be the first institute in Uttar Pradesh to use plasma from asymptomatic people to treat active Covid-19 patients.(HT PHOTO)

Lucknow’s KGMU pins hopes on asymptomatic donors for Covid-19 plasma therapy

By Gaurav Saigal| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2020 10:06 AM IST
Although these donors have developed antibodies for the Sars-Cov-2 virus, they have never tested positive for the Covid-19 infection earlier nor were they hospitalised.
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Blood donated by biologist Abdullah Can Yuce, who has recovered from coronavirus, is processed in a device for being used for plasma therapy to treat other patients.(REUTERS)
Blood donated by biologist Abdullah Can Yuce, who has recovered from coronavirus, is processed in a device for being used for plasma therapy to treat other patients.(REUTERS)

Hesitant donors impact use of plasma therapy

By Steffy Thevar | Hindustan Times, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2020 04:40 PM IST
The deceased who tested positive on July 16 needed plasma therapy, said the doctors at the hospital.
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To start with, the app will cater to all of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), and a user can place an order for up to four units in one go.(Getty Image for representation)
To start with, the app will cater to all of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), and a user can place an order for up to four units in one go.(Getty Image for representation)

App launched for easy access to blood

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 26, 2020 03:09 AM IST
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday launched the ‘ebloodservices’ app, in partnership with the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), to ease access to blood for those who need transfusions.
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The app will cater to entire Delhi-NCR, and has the facility of placing an order for up to four units in one go.(Twitter/@IndianRedCross)
The app will cater to entire Delhi-NCR, and has the facility of placing an order for up to four units in one go.(Twitter/@IndianRedCross)

Health ministry and Indian Red Cross launch app to order blood in Delhi-NCR

By Rhythma Kaul | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 01:32 PM IST
The app’s scope will be expanded in future, with plans of linking more blood banks to it and also in other cities.
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The society plans to speak to hospitals to get details of patients who recovered in past one month.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The society plans to speak to hospitals to get details of patients who recovered in past one month.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Red Cross plans log of recovered patients

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 12:47 AM IST
The therapy isn’t approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research as a regular line of treatment and the health ministry said on Tuesday that it can only be done as a trial, with requisite clearances from regulators.
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Hridesh Khurana, 20, suffers from thalassemia and requires blood transfusion every two weeks. Since the lockdown on March 25, Hridesh has struggled to get blood.
Hridesh Khurana, 20, suffers from thalassemia and requires blood transfusion every two weeks. Since the lockdown on March 25, Hridesh has struggled to get blood.

Blood banks dry up in city as lockdown cuts down on donation camps, donors

By Archana Mishra | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 07:38 PM IST
Dr. Rahul Bhargava, director, Institute of blood disorder and Bone Marrow transplant, Fortis Medical Research Institute said, “Every month we need at least 100 units of blood for thalassemia patients but since lockdown we could manage to get 30-40 units through voluntary blood donation.”
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Plasma-derived immunoglobulins are commonly used to prevent serious viral infections(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Plasma-derived immunoglobulins are commonly used to prevent serious viral infections(SHUTTERSTOCK)

Can convalescent plasma therapy help treat the coronavirus disease?

By T Jacob John and MS Seshadri
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 02:49 PM IST
This treatment has a paucity of evidence, but it is not because the plasma method was tried and failed, but because doctors are waiting for the concrete evidence to emerge.
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Volunteers donating blood at PGIMER’s blood donation centre.
Volunteers donating blood at PGIMER’s blood donation centre.

For PGI, another Herculean task: Soliciting blood donors

By Tanbir Dhaliwal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2020 11:14 AM IST
Thalassaemia patients are prioritised; 350 registered patients receive 20-25 units of blood daily
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Since the government has declared blood as an essential supply on Thursday, vans for blood collection can move without restriction.(Shutterstock)
Since the government has declared blood as an essential supply on Thursday, vans for blood collection can move without restriction.(Shutterstock)

Coronavirus crisis: Blood donors to be asked about health status for Covid-19

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 04:18 AM IST
Covid-19 in India: Despite the lockdown, there is no shortage of blood and its components as requirement for trauma cases and elective surgeries have gone down substantially.
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(Representative image)
(Representative image)

Coronavirus: Himachal’s blood banks run dry as lockdown keeps donors away

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2020 10:00 PM IST
The blood bank at IGMC has the capacity to store 250 units of blood. On routine days, the blood availability remains between 200- 250 units.
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Blood banks and hospitals cannot sustain health care without adequate blood from such donors, and blood donor organisations play a very crucial role in this endeavour. It is in such situations, the power of innovation and technology, of internet and connectivity truly plays an instrumental role(HT Photo)
Blood banks and hospitals cannot sustain health care without adequate blood from such donors, and blood donor organisations play a very crucial role in this endeavour. It is in such situations, the power of innovation and technology, of internet and connectivity truly plays an instrumental role(HT Photo)

Use social media as a tool to improve blood donation

By Shobhini Rajan
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2019 09:04 PM IST
But recruitment of safe donors is a challenging task. We need more people to come forth, to realise that blood donation is their responsibility. Facebook, for example, can also be used to sign up as a donor, and connect with organisations in need
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PMCH authorities on Thursday held an emergency meeting and sent an SOS alert to donor clubs across the district for bailing out the institution immediately, as several critical patients continued to suffer.(HT Photo)
PMCH authorities on Thursday held an emergency meeting and sent an SOS alert to donor clubs across the district for bailing out the institution immediately, as several critical patients continued to suffer.(HT Photo)

Blood banks across Jharkhand struggle with severe shortage

By Subhash Mishra | Hindustan Times, Dhanbad
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2019 03:15 PM IST
In the last 72 hours, two patients have died at the Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad and surgeries of over a dozen critical cases in different wards are on hold due to the blood crisis.
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A 31-year-old man broke his Roza (fast) to donate blood to a hospitalised patient in need of a rare blood type.(HT File Photo)
A 31-year-old man broke his Roza (fast) to donate blood to a hospitalised patient in need of a rare blood type.(HT File Photo)

Muslim man breaks fast to donate blood to a Hindu in Kota

By Aabshar H Quazi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 03:55 PM IST
Mohammad Khalid rushed to donate blood at the blood bank of Maharao Bhim Singh Hospital in Kota though he was observing the Ramzan fast without knowing receivers blood type.
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The inspection was conducted on instructions of the state health department between April 2016 and March 2018.(HT Photo)
The inspection was conducted on instructions of the state health department between April 2016 and March 2018.(HT Photo)

‘Glaring irregularities at all govt hospitals’

By Richa Banka | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 06:04 AM IST
One of the major issues highlighted in the report includes anomalies in functioning of pharmacies in government hospitals
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At least 25,000 donors are needed every month to meet the city’s blood requirement.(HT Photo)
At least 25,000 donors are needed every month to meet the city’s blood requirement.(HT Photo)

‘Mumbai is facing severe blood shortage’:founder of Think Foundation

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, MUMBAI
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 02:44 PM IST
An official at JJ Hospital’s blood bank said none of the negative blood types were available at the hospital. “We have been facing shortage for the past three weeks,” the official said.
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Sir JJ Hospital at Byculla has six buildings and 45 wards spread across the 44-acre campus(HT file)
Sir JJ Hospital at Byculla has six buildings and 45 wards spread across the 44-acre campus(HT file)

Soon, new app to help patients navigate Mumbai’s JJ Hospital

By Sadaguru Pandit | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2019 11:43 PM IST
t will be available free of cost and will cover the out patient department (OPD) for the first phase of the project.
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Early therapy conveys a double benefit, not only improving the health of individuals but at the same time, by lowering their viral load, reducing the risk they will transmit HIV to others. ()(Shutterstock)
Early therapy conveys a double benefit, not only improving the health of individuals but at the same time, by lowering their viral load, reducing the risk they will transmit HIV to others. ()(Shutterstock)

HIV blood transfusion case: Madras high court directs autopsy be recorded on video

By Press Trust of India | Madurai
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2019 02:24 PM IST
The man did not know he was HIV positive and had donated blood on November 30. He found out only after he underwent a medical check-up days later as a requirement for a foreign job, local authorities said.
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In yet another case of alleged medical negligence in Tamil Nadu, a woman has claimed that she contracted the HIV virus following blood transfusion at a government hospital where she underwent treatment for low haemoglobin during her pregnancy.(Reuters/ Representative Image)
In yet another case of alleged medical negligence in Tamil Nadu, a woman has claimed that she contracted the HIV virus following blood transfusion at a government hospital where she underwent treatment for low haemoglobin during her pregnancy.(Reuters/ Representative Image)

Another woman alleges she tested HIV+ after blood transfusion in Tamil Nadu hospital

By M Manikandan | Chennai
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 08:35 PM IST
The government hospital has refuted the allegation. The HIV-affected woman, said to be in her 20s, told a Tamil TV channel Friday she underwent the transfusion in April while she was pregnant.
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A 24-year-old pregnant woman contracted HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated blood supplied by a blood bank which failed to conduct proper screening for the virus, prompting the Tamil Nadu government to order examination of stocks in the state’s blood banks.(Reuters)
A 24-year-old pregnant woman contracted HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated blood supplied by a blood bank which failed to conduct proper screening for the virus, prompting the Tamil Nadu government to order examination of stocks in the state’s blood banks.(Reuters)

Pregnant woman tests HIV+ from tainted blood, donor attempts suicide

By Press Trust of India | Virudhunagar
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 11:16 PM IST
Police said the 19-year-old donor, on coming to know about the incident, allegedly attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison. He has been admitted to a hospital.
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The shortage is unlikely to last long as a number of NGOs have come in support of major hospitals to arrange blood camps and fill the shortage.(Karun Sharma/HT)
The shortage is unlikely to last long as a number of NGOs have come in support of major hospitals to arrange blood camps and fill the shortage.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Mumbai blood banks run dry this Diwali, leave patients in lurch

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 08:40 AM IST
Estimates suggest at least 1,000 people are required to donate blood daily to meet Mumbai’s blood requirement and doctors hope the shortage won’t last long.
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The gang members never tested the donated blood for HIV, Hepatitis, malaria etc, he said and added that the raiding teams recovered blood bags, testing kits and other equipment worth ₹1.5 lakh.(Representative image)
The gang members never tested the donated blood for HIV, Hepatitis, malaria etc, he said and added that the raiding teams recovered blood bags, testing kits and other equipment worth ₹1.5 lakh.(Representative image)

Lucknow: Blood and saline water 50-50, life risk 100 per cent

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2018 03:16 PM IST
Beware! After adulterated food, it is adulterated blood now. The five racketeers arrested here by the special task force (STF) of UP Police on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday had put hundreds of lives at risk by selling blood mixed with equal amount of saline water.
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Rajan Shukla(HT Photo)
Rajan Shukla(HT Photo)

112 and counting: Donating blood every three months, this bureaucrat inspires many

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2018 01:04 PM IST
Rajan Shukla, 56, principal secretary, Civil Defence, donates blood every three months, inspiring many others and continuing a ‘drill’ that has been part of his life since 1980 when he first became a blood donor at the age of 18. In a span of 38 years, Shukla, now an IAS officer, has donated blood 112 times.
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Health activist Chetan Kothari, in his complaint, stated that many blood banks conducti unnecessary tests, increasing costs multifold.(HT File)
Health activist Chetan Kothari, in his complaint, stated that many blood banks conducti unnecessary tests, increasing costs multifold.(HT File)

22 Mumbai blood banks to face flak for overcharging, conducting unnecessary tests

By Sadaguru Pandit | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 03:16 AM IST
A meeting with the authorities of 22 blood banks was initially planned for September 5 to discuss the ‘social and sensitive issue’, but was postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
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A person can donate blood four times in a year, whereas he or she can donate platelets 24 times a year.(HT File)
A person can donate blood four times in a year, whereas he or she can donate platelets 24 times a year.(HT File)

World blood donor day: PGIMER urges people to donate platelets

By Tanbir Dhaliwal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 12:22 PM IST
At the PGIMER, daily over 100 patients need platelets. As platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, it becomes more crucial for blood banks to keep a fresh supply.
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All the 51 ICTC centres in the city are linked to their nearest blood banks which hold blood donation camps around the year.(HT FILE)
All the 51 ICTC centres in the city are linked to their nearest blood banks which hold blood donation camps around the year.(HT FILE)

HIV +ve donors must be sent to nearest centres: Mumbai District Aids Control

By Sadaguru Pandit | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2018 12:53 AM IST
The MDACS observed a significant gap between HIV positive donors and the number of actual donors visiting the ICTC for treatment
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This dilemma occurs every summer, said officials.(Representational photo)
This dilemma occurs every summer, said officials.(Representational photo)

Blood banks run dry as Mumbaiites leave city for summer vacations

By Aayushi Pratap | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2018 12:33 AM IST
As more people move out, there are lesser number of people who are able to donate to blood camps, said officials.
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8,087 units of blood were illegally transferred to blood banks in Kanpur and Gorakhpur.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)
8,087 units of blood were illegally transferred to blood banks in Kanpur and Gorakhpur.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Blood worth Rs 1.4 crore moved ‘illegally’ from Rotary bank in Noida

By Preety Acharya | Hindustan Times, Noida
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 07:35 AM IST
The FIR alleges that a former president of Rotary Club, Noida illegally transferred 7,000 units of blood to a blood bank in Kanpur and 1,087 units of blood to a blood bank in Gorakhpur.
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The clean-up volunteers have found more than 125 syringes in the past month at Dadar beach.(HT File)
The clean-up volunteers have found more than 125 syringes in the past month at Dadar beach.(HT File)

Biomedical waste dumped at Dadar beach in Mumbai; who threw it?

By Sadaguru Pandit | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2018 10:59 AM IST
Residents of the area, who have been cleaning the beach recently, have reported the presence of hazardous medical waste being dumped on the beach.
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