Berhampur, April 22 (LocalWire): The stock in the blood bank at MKCG Medical College here has dried up. While 500 to 700 units of blood is always in stock in the bank on normal days, it reduced to 25 to 27 units at present while every day there was requirement of around 75 units of blood.
The twin elections in the state along with the rise in temperature, has brought down the flow of blood. The last blood donation camp was held at Berhampur on 13 April, where only 30 units of blood were collected.
Generally, during the months of April and May, blood donation is lean due to the scorching heat and dehydration and also because of holidays in schools and colleges.
But this year, the situation aggravated due to elections and the ongoing Thakurani Yatra in the city, said J Suresh of Volunteer Blood Donors’ Association, here.
Most of the volunteers were busy in the elections while the political leaders did not support organising blood donation camps.
The Jeevan Bindu progrmme of BJD did not hold any blood donation camp in the district in the past four months. The last such programme was held at Sheragada on 25 December.
Patients, however, did not suffer despite the acute shortage of blood, said Sushant Kumar Panigrahy, coordinator of donation camps of the blood bank.
The requirement of blood was fulfilled by blood donors but some patients, who needed negative blood, had to wait for some time.
Thalassemia patients, who get blood for free from the blood bank, were also provided from the stock, he said. ‘The patients did not suffer here because of shortage in the blood bank so far,’ he said.
‘The situation will be normal in the next three to four days, as different organisations in the district have come forward to organise blood donation camps,’ Panigrahy said. ‘At least ten camps will be held in the next fortnight starting tomorrow,’ he said.
Meanwhile, several activists on Sunday held a rally in the city appealing to the youth to donate blood.