Umang Foundation

DDU Shimla blood wastage row: Director of Health brushing aside issue calling it ‘routine matter’, alleges NGO

SHIMLA- Last week, an NGO, Umang Foundation, had revealed that 21 units of donated blood were thrown into dustbin by Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital Blood Bank, which could have been prevented easily. The NGo had also alleged that the blood could have been transferred to nearby IGMC and KNH hospitals which are always in need of blood. Now, Ajai Srivastava, chairman of the foundation, has alleged the administration of misleading public to save responsible officials.

Umang Foundation, in a complaint to the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, has alleged that the issue has been deliberately brushed under the carpet by Director of Health Services (DHS) who termed it as a ‘routine matter’ to save the culprits.

NGO futher alleged that the DHS did not bother even to conduct an inquiry. In his letter has urged the CM to order a high level probe into the matter and fix the responsibility. Otherwise, he would have no option but to file a PIL in the High Court, said Shrivastava.

In a statement, Srivastava said that the matter of throwing away about 21 units of blood into dustbin by DDU Blood Bank, was brought in public domain on 15th May through media. After that, DHS asked the DDU Hospital for a report and started brushing the issue under the carpet to save the persons responsible for the ‘heinous crime’. According to Srivastava,

As per reports published in a section of press, the DHS accepted that the blood units were discarded by the DDU Blood Bank but either it was expired or quantity of blood was not sufficient. This is all rubbish.

Shrivastba said the basic question was unanswered that as to why the surplus blood was not transferred to IGMC Blood Bank or any other blood bank. He also alleged that in any exceptional case when the quantity of blood was not found sufficient in a particular bag, the blood was to be discarded immediately and not shelved for 35 days as it was done in the present case. Allegation also said the DHS was misleading the government.

Shrivastava demanded that the report of DDU Hospital must be made public. He said the blood donors of the State are badly hurt by the misdeeds of DDU Blood Bank and irresponsible statements of Director of Health Services.

NGO said that it would never allow the administration to brush aside the matter which is of very serious nature and urged the CM to order an independent probe to fix the responsibility. In case it is not done, the NGO would be forced to file a PIL in the HP High Court.

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