- There is always a significant, on-going need for blood. Because, there is no substitute for human blood, the generosity of blood donors helps to ensure that we maintain an adequate supply for our patients.
- The shortage in the blood bank is could be linked to the vacations where schools and colleges are shut. And the blood donors go out of Mumbai.
- Now, in the month of February, Mumbai is facing blood shortage. After KEM Hospital, Kandivali’s BMC run Shatabdi Hospital is facing blood shortage of A positive and AB positive blood groups. Recently, KEM Hospital had also faced blood shortage.
Dr Navnath Jadhav, Medical superintendent and the head of Shatabdi blood bank has written a letter to all Mumbai’s blood banks by requesting to provide it with A and AB positive blood groups.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Jadhav said, “In hospital, there are 20 bags of 0 positive and 13 bags of B positive. But, since last few days there is shortage of A and AB positive blood groups in the hospital. “
He added, Due to the unavailability of blood for the patients, the blood is provided through the blood banks. Keeping this situation in mind, we wrote a letter to all the government and private blood banks in Mumbai. And requested to provide A and AB positive blood groups. In this hospital, around 400 patients are taking treatment. Women need blood during deliveries. We have also created a WhatsApp group in which there are 80 members. Through this too we are seeking help.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Arun Thorat, assistant director, The State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) said, “We haven’t got any letter from Shatabdi Hospital. But, many times, the BMC hospitals face blood shortage. During which, they request the blood banks to provide the blood to tackle blood shortage.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vinay Shetty of Think Foundation said, “In Mumbai, every day, more than 900 people wish to donate blood. So, we organise blood camps as per the necessity. The collected blood is given to the big blood banks of Mumbai. If Shatabdi Hospital is facing blood shortage and if they contact the blood banks they will get blood. As it is difficult to find the donor and tackle the blood shortage.”