Staff Reporter

Sanjeevini voluntary blood donors association organises the camp

RK Study Circle, NGOs and officials and others participate in the camp

RAJAHMUNDRY: Keeping in view the problem of acute blood shortage, NGOs swung into action and started organising blood donation camps in Rajahmundry and peripheral areas. Sanjeevini voluntary blood donors association organised an emergency blood donation camp on Saturday. RK Study Circle, NGOs and Municipal Medical Officer Dr. M.V.R. Murthy, Dr. Atchutaramaiah, Damodar, Sanjeevini Secretary Kotipalli Srinivas and others participated in the camp.

Addressing a meeting after the camp, Satyanarayana, Assistant Director, Drugs Control, said that it was true that there was a shortage of blood two days ago as one of the blood banks had stopped operations for technical reasons and one more was seized by the administration in a controversy. He said that the Drugs Control Authority was ready to arrange blood to government hospital or patients from Bheemavaram, Eluru, Palakol, Tanuku and other areas of West Godavari and Kakinada (district headquarters) for daily need. “As of now there is no shortage. We are organising one more emergency blood donation camp with the help of District Chemist and Druggists Association,” he added. He admitted that people needed a minimum of 200 units in the city and suburbs and they were looking for alternatives.

However, there was no equipment in the Government Hospital, Rajahmundry, to give platelets to any patient in an emergency and a private blood bank which could supply platelets was not having enough stock. “Blood is perishable. We can't store it more than 30 days. Substitution is more important,” said Dr. Srinivas of Dhanwantari Blood Bank. Kotipalli Srinivas alleged that blood units in government hospital were not functioning properly for the past two years. He also alleged that the doctors and the Superintendent claim that it was functioning and blamed it on equipment and shortage of staff.