The country’s financial capital Mumbai is facing a severe shortage of blood.
JJ Mahanagar Blood Bank is facing a shortfall of A+ positive and A-negative blood groups.
Due to the shortage, patients’ relatives are forced to travel from one blood bank to other to get the blood.
Every year, in summer, Mumbaikars go for vacations, and the city faces a severe crunch of blood. This year, too, though the summer is coming to an end, Mumbai is still facing a shortage of blood.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Hitesh Pagare, Deputy Medical Director, JJ Mahanagar blood bank, said, “This is the biggest blood bank in Mumbai. But, this year, too, in summers, we are facing the shortage of blood. Owing to which, the patient’s relatives are facing trouble to manage the blood requirement. We have enough blood bottles with us. But, we are facing a shortage of few blood groups.”
“My friend met with an accident, and due to injuries, he suffered a blood loss. We tried to arrange B+ positive blood group. But, could not find it in the hospital’s blood bank. We have searched around 20 blood banks in the city, but our efforts went in vain,” said Omkar Mhatre.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Atul Patil, whose nephew is admitted to the hospital, said, “In search of A+ positive blood group, we have searched different blood banks. But, could not find it. Finally, with the help of an NGO, we managed to source the blood.”
Considering the acute shortage of blood that Mumbai would face during summers, the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) has issued notices to the NGOs and hospitals to organise blood donation camps.
Dr Arun Thorat, Director, SBTC, said, “During summer, every year, we face an acute shortage of the blood. We have issued notices to all NGOs and the blood banks in the city. It is likely that there would be a shortage of blood of a particular blood group. We are trying our best to make sure that people do not face trouble sourcing the blood.”