The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital attached to the K.A.P.Viswanatham Medical College Hospital here is a referral centre for patients from all over Tiruchi and neighbouring districts, including Pudukottai, Perambalur and Ariyalur.

Pudukottai and Tiruchi have been identified among the six dengue-affected districts in the State with special teams in place for containment.

Though the medical college hospital has a blood component separator equipment that separates platelets from blood, a pending licence stands in the way of supplying platelets to patients at the hospital.

Currently, the hospital has been acquiring 40 to 50 units of platelets everyday from the medical college hospitals in Madurai and Thanjavur.

When contacted, Dean A.Karthikeyan while acknowledging that platelets for transfusion were being arranged from Madurai and Thanjavur, said the licence for platelet separation would be due in a week’s time.

Sources at the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS), the overarching authority for blood banks, say the licence may get approved in a month’s time.

The licence to operate the platelet separator was applied a year ago and approval has been pending due to unknown reasons, say sources.