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Thalassemia patients continue to suffer

Correspondent

CUTTACK: For second consecutive day on Tuesday, thalassemia patients in the Red Cross blood bank here suffered as blood bank authorities refused to give free blood to them.

This not only left the patients in lurch but their anxious relatives and attendants ran from pillar to post to arrange donors.

The bank authorities have said in clear terms to thalassemia patients not to ask for free blood and instead arrange a donor for exchange of required blood.

While the bank handles over 100 blood units on an average daily, at least 400 thalesemia patients depend on the bank every month for blood transfusion.

The pathetic situation of the premier blood bank in the State is due to lack of stock which has assumed serious proportion in recent days since the blood bank could not conduct adequate blood donation camps.

“We are unable to conduct blood donation camps because the bank runs with insufficient staff for past several months”, said the Blood bank director Dr Bibhutendu Pati.