NMMC hospital appeals for donors
VASHI: The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) hospital, which needs 500 units of blood per month, has only 100 units, said hospital authorities. To meet the gap, the civic hospital has asked donors to come forward and regularly donate blood.
According to health officials, blood donors mostly comprise students, who are generally not available in April and May as they are busy with exams or go out on vacations. “The hospital has a blood bank which functions 24x7. To meet its blood requirements, it regularly conducts blood donation camps,” said Dr Preeti Sagani, blood bank officer at the NMMC hospital.
“All through the year, we organise blood donation camps for 3 to 4 days every month. But these camps should be organised on and off the hospital’s premises more frequently during April, May and October,” said Dr Sagani.
“We mostly face shortage of rare blood groups like AB negative, A negative and B negative. During these months, it is difficult to find donors as only 2 to 3 come in. Hence, we have to largely depend on our regular donors or on the blood we have collected during drives organised by NGOs,” added Dr Sagani.
To ensure the supply of blood meets the patients’ demand, the hospital organises blood donation camps at hospital premises from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The average storage lifespan of blood after donation is around 30 to 35 days after which it cannot be used. But doctors said there is no wastage at the blood bank as the demand for blood is high.
While blood donation camps are held regularly, a high number of blood donors are rejected during the screening process. “Around 20- 25% of those who come to donate blood are rejected as they are not eligible to donate blood because they suffer from some or the other health concern,” said a doctor, requesting anonymity.
DOCTORS SAY CIVIC HOSPITAL FACES BLOOD SHORTAGE DURING APRIL, MAY AND OCTOBER, AS DONORS GO ON VACATION