City’s big blood bank provides 75% blood free of charge to poor patients

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Mar 2017 10:49:07

By Arun Kumar,

CITY’S big blood bank in Hamidia Hospital building has been declared as heritage building which will not be demolished during the construction of new multi hospital building in this hospital premises. It provides its 75 per cent blood every day to the patients holding cards of Government or any beneficiary scheme or coming under the Below Poverty Line (BPL). No charge is taken from them even no replacement of the blood is made mandatory to the other patients.

According to the sources, to increase blood store, the blood bank officers have started to organise blood donation camps at the Government and private hospitals and other places, sometimes without help of other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and sometimes in collaboration with other voluntary organisations. They are receiving good response from the voluntary blood donors. It might be to compensate the blood supplied without replacement or without charge to the poor patients admitted at any Government Hospital. However, the blood bank officers charge testing payment from patients of private hospitals and even demand replacement of the blood.

It is learnt that there is AB- Negative blood group is rare so it does not find easily in the store as its patients are also rarely come to get blood. There is total 5 per cent population of AB-Negative blood group. It is right that patients of such rare blood group are very rare but when they need blood they are to suffer a lot.

As March ending is nearing, the blood bank have made schedule of coming blood donation camps regularly at different places in different dates. The blood bank officers are hopeful of getting blood in good quantity till March end. When contacted, Dr Umendra Mohan Sharma, In-charge of Hamidia Hospital blood bank, said, the blood donation camps have been planned for coming days regularly. We give 75 per cent blood to the BPL card holders or those have any card of Government’s any beneficiary scheme. AB-Negative blood is rare so finding it is not easy, he said.