NMMC hos­pi­tal ap­peals for donors

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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

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