This year has come with a lot of problems for the human race and no one is spared of facing them. Chennai has come up with yet another problem of Blood shortage at blood banks. As every hospital is treating Covid patients on a priority basis, the elective surgeries demand blood has been massive and the Pandemic lockdown has curbed the supply in Chennai. Chennai is also among the Indian states that have the highest number of Corona cases, there were 47,650 Covid cases on April 25. Chennai is still under lockdown from 19- 30 June.
According to the data of the national web portal e-raktkosh, out of the total of 19 government and private blood banks, five blood banks have no stock of blood and the situation of other banks is also not good. There are hardly one or two units of rare blood groups that are available.
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r the statement given to the Quint by the patients and the head of the private hospitals, “The website is just not realistic, there is no real-time clocking and we don’t have enough staff to be updating, instead of treating”. Dr. Sameer Mehta, convener, Dr. Mehta’s Hospital said, “Blood supply has become problematic. Continuity and Security of Supply can be assured only by multiplying Supply Chains. He has also pointed out that because of the lack of staff members many small blood banks have shut down which is also the main reason for lack of blood units with the hospitals.
One of the prominent reasons may be that hospitals who have even shut down all their operations because of the government’s directive to undertake only COVID and emergency operations, that their blood banks are the only way of earning.
It is obvious that people now fear donating blood, but the authorities need to create awareness that doctors must save others’ life.