Keonjhar, Nov 6 (LocalWire): A 22-year-old student from Physical Training Centre, Bhubaneswar came to Keonjhar on Tuesday to donate blood to a five-year-old Thalassemia patient.
‘I have donated blood to eight patients in different hospitals till date. After receiving a phone call I came here to donate blood to the little boy,’ said Subhashish Pradhan.
Babusen Mohanta of Ghatagaon is suffering from Thalassemia since his birth. He needs regular blood and visit the district headquarter hospital to survive.
On Sunday when the child had to visit the hospital for blood transfusion, his parents could not arrange blood from anywhere. The news reached Subhashish who readily agreed to go 250 kms to Keonjhar and donate O positive blood.
Magan Mallick, a volunteer said, ‘due to shortage of blood, many patients are facing difficulties. They are forced to buy blood from outside but that too, is unavailable during an emergency. The health department should take steps to ensure that the needy patients get blood.’
There have been instances when due to shortage of blood, the medical administration allegedly referred patients to other hospitals for treatment.
CDMO, Keonjhar district, Dr Ashok Kumar Das said, ‘due to lack of blood collection problem of blood shortage arises. We are trying to organise more blood camps to collect and store blood.’