Unsafe blood transfusion one of the ways for transmission of HIV/AIDS
The four Government blood banks in the city reported a considerable increase in voluntary blood donation during 2012 over the preceding year.
While 2011 saw a total of 11,497 units being received through 131 camps, Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) District Programme Manager (District AIDS Prevention Control Unit) B. Mohamed Ali told The Hindu on Friday that 13,348 units were collected in 2012 through 173 camps.
“Given that just one pint of blood could be used to save the lives of four persons, this increase of 1,851 units is invaluable.
All of the blood received by the blood banks at Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Mettupalayam Government Hospital, Pollachi Government Hospital and ESI Hospital is completely from voluntary donation.”
From a unit of blood, blood platelets, packed cells, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate could be extracted to meet the different requirements.
This increase has been achieved by a concerted drive undertaken among college students by TANSACS which had provided Rs. 7.38 lakh in the last one year to the 143 Red Ribbon Clubs run through the universities of Bharathiar, Avinashilingam, Amirtha and Karunya besides Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU).
These funds, he said, was utilised for conducting safe blood donation and IEC (information, education and communication) activities on HIV/AIDS. A ‘Celebration of Life’ programme featuring Ten Commandments for leading a responsible life is also done.
Dr. Mohamed Ali said that the focus of these initiatives was to ensure that safe practices were adhered to in blood donation and that stringent safety standards were maintained as unsafe blood transfusion was one of the ways in which HIV/AIDS gets transmitted.
Even though these four Government blood banks here were run by different agencies, he said that TANSACS provided them with assistance such as a counsellor and technician, testing kits to ascertain if the blood being donated was safe, storage units and ELISA monitoring units and consumables (snacks) given to donors besides a blood transportation van that could be used to quickly transport blood in times of an epidemic breakout or disaster.
Commenting on the drop recorded at ESI Hospital Singanallur, Dr. Mohamed Ali said that they have a limited resource pool as only those registered with the ESIC could donate blood.
The hospital had no control over the number of patients or visitors to the institute. As regards Pollachi Government Hospital, he said that after the bifurcation of Tirupur from Coimbatore district, many people began to go to the Udumelpet Blood Bank which was closer to these areas.
Funds utilised for conducting safe blood donation Blood transportation van could be used in times of an epidemic breakout or disaster
Funds utilised for conducting safe blood donation
Blood transportation van could be used in times of an epidemic breakout or disaster