Written by Neha Bank | Calcutta |.

Published : 4. April 2020 4:53:51

Indian blockade, coronavirus epidemic, blood bank, West Bengali News, Indian Express News 23. In March, on the eve of the imposition of a national blockade by the Bengali Government, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a circular expressing concern that the coronavirus outbreak could lead to blood shortages. (photo)

A nationwide blockade to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has destroyed blood banks throughout West Bengal and severely affected patients in need of regular blood transfusion.

The situation is even worse for A-positive, AB-positive and negative blood groups, which are difficult to obtain even under normal circumstances, according to the sources.

The 23rd. On 3 March, on the eve of a national blockade by the Bangladeshi Government, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare published a circular expressing concern about a possible coronavirus outbreak which could lead to a shortage of blood and blood components in the state in the coming weeks. He urged civil society organisations and health institutions involved in blood donation and transfusion to continue to offer their services and reminded them to respect the recommended public health measures in relation to VIDOC-19.

However, despite instructions from the government, the organisers said they had difficulty setting up blood-donation camps in many parts of the state because residents feared the camps would lead to the spread of coronavirus, said Dashish, secretary of the Medical Bank, a local organisation that promotes blood donation for thalassaemia patients. The lack of transport as a result of the blockade has also proved to be an obstacle to blood donation camps.
Ashish said that every year 15 lahs of blood is needed in West Bengal, of which 13 lahs are collected through blood donations. The shelf life of the collected blood is only 35 days.

We encourage young people and students to donate blood. Only people who have patients in their families will understand how difficult the situation is and how thalassemic patients suffer, Mr. Ashish said.

Most affected are low-income patients in West Bengal who need a blood transfusion. Many of these patients travel to Calcutta for treatment. After the blockade, most of these patients now only have access to the district hospitals, which according to some sources are struggling with a lack of equipment and resources.

The shortage of blood donations in the state usually occurs during the elections in Durga Pui, in the summer and during natural disasters. Now, KOVID-19 has hit hard on the offer, Ashish said. In Bengal, the centre operates 16 blood banks, 84 of which are managed by the state government. There are 34 private blood banks, and there is a shortage of supply everywhere, he added.

We have 50,000 patients with thalassemia in Bengal, and they need 1 00,000 units of blood per month. Even if a patient’s family is able to find a donor, it is difficult for them to find transportation to blood banks, said Goutam Guha, office secretary of the Thalassaemia Protection Association, a Calcutta-based organization that provides medical support and care to thalassaemia patients.

For low-income patients, additional transport costs, especially from the interior of Bengal to blood banks and hospitals in the districts and Calcutta, have created an unexpected financial burden for the families of the patients, many of whom, according to some sources, cannot afford.

The first one. In April, the Calcutta police launched a month-long blood donation programme to reduce the shortage. Up to 30 years old. In April, up to 50 policemen will give blood every day. This will close the gap to some extent, said Calcutta Police Chief Anuj Sharma. West Bengal police officers in various districts also donate blood for resupply.

said DM Mamata Banerjee: I salute the Calcutta police for their contribution. On the one hand they maintain public order, on the other hand they donate 1300 bottles of blood for thalassemia patients.

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