DDU Shimla alleged of throwing blood collected from voluntary donors into dustbin
The DDU Hospital is merely 30 minutes away from the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital where blood could have been easily transferred and consumed because there was requirement of 40 to 60 units per day.
SHIMLA- Umang Foundation, an NGO promoting blood donation movement in Himachal Pradesh, alleged that as many as 21 units of life saving blood collected from voluntary donors was thrown in to dustbin by the authorities of Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital Blood Bank. The NGO also alleged that at least six more units of blood are fated to be dustbin.
Ajai Srivastava, chairman of the NGO, urged the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to order an inquiry and book the guilty. Srivastava suggested starting storage centres of blood at DDU Hospital and Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH) and strengthening the IGMC Blood Bank by closing the two blood banks.
Addressing the press conference on Sunday, Umang Foundation chairman said,
Twenty one units of blood were thrown in to the dustbin by DDU Hospital Blood Bank between 25th March and 3rd May, 2016. This entire lot of blood was not infected at all.The reason for discarding the life saving fluid was recorded as ‘outdated’. It is a heinous crime to destroy blood when there is always scarcity of it and voluntary blood donors donate it selflessly with only motive to save precious lives. It is cheating with the thousand of donors like me who has donated blood 87 times.
He said that the shelf life of blood is 35 days and the discarded units got expired in the DDU blood bank by the criminal negligence of authorities. The DDU Hospital is merely 30 minutes away from the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital where blood could have been easily transferred and consumed because there was requirement of 40 to 60 units per day. But no such effort was made by DDU Blood Bank, he added. He said atleast six units of blood would go to dustbin tomorrow.
Srivastava suggested closing the Blood Banks at DDU Hospital and Kamla Nehru Hospital and starting storage centres at both places because the consumption blood in the both hospital is very less. The government should utilize the medical and paramedical staff in strengthening the bigger blood bank at IGMC which was suffering from scarcity of staff.
He also asked the health authorities to promote component therapy for the optimum use of life fluid by separating it in different components. At present only three hospitals IGMC, Tanda Medical College and Mandi Hospital have this facility which was in use at very small level. The life of all blood components except platelets is more than that of whole blood. More over it will decrease the pressure of donating blood on the donors as the components could be given to 3-4 different patients.
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