Bhubaneswar, August 9 (LocalWire): With blood banks across the state running out of supply at periodic intervals, the state government is laying emphasis on voluntary blood donations to meet the recurring blood-shortage trend.
The health centres in both the government and private sectors are in requirement of 4.5 lakh units of blood on an average annually. Last year, the state fell short of 43,000 units of blood.
The state health service network is armed with 54 government-run blood banks for patients requiring blood transfusion. The government agencies lay the top priority to blood transfusion cases of thalassemiac, sickle cell and anaemic patients.
The secretary, health and family welfare recently in an official communication appealed to the district Collectors of 30 districts to personally mobilize people at village level and organize at least one voluntary health camp a year. These camps in 7,734 gram panchayats will lead to an increase in stock in blood in bloodbanks, said senior officials of health & family welfare department.
‘The administration will convene a meeting of the panchayatiraj representatives of the district soon so that camps can be organized in a successful manner with impressive participation of voluntary donors.
We will also hold talks with the non-government organizations to organize voluntary blood donation camps so that the hospitals will have adequate stock of blood,’ said Jagatsinghpur Collector, Sangram Keshari Mohapatra.
‘Currently Jajpur district is facing blood shortage. We are prioritising blood transfusion cases of thalassemiac, sickle cell and anaemic patients.
Besides supply is also being made on a priority basis for inpatients such as road accident victims and pregnant women who require urgent blood transfusion,’ said Blood Bank authorities of Jajpur District Headquarters Hospital.
‘The voluntary blood donation culture has developed in the state over the years although there are still several misconceptions regarding blood donation.
Many believe that donating blood will have adverse effect on their health. So the need of the hour is to increase awareness on blood donation as it is a noble work that saves precious human life.
For a healthy person, donating blood twice a year will have no negative bearing and for that we need well-orchestrated campaigns round the year,’ said retired blood bank officer of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Dr Narendra Kumar Das.
‘During my stint in service, I found a gradual increase in the number of voluntary blood donors. As the state is still facing a shortage of blood, the government’s move in organizing voluntary blood donation camps in every gram panchayat is a welcome step,’ he concluded.