Statistics suggest that India fell short of 1.9 units of blood in 2016-2017. If this shortage had been taken care of, it could have aided more than 320,000 heart surgeries or 49,000 organ transplants, according to official data.
To put it in perspective, on an average, about six units of blood is needed for open heart surgery, while a roadside accident victim could require up to 100 units. One out of every 10 people admitted to a hospital needs blood, according to WHO data. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there is always a shortage of 10% -15% units especially during fevers like leptospirosis, dengue, malaria, and similar diseases.
The WHO recommends that the blood requirement of 1% of a country’s population be used as a ballpark estimate of its blood needs. By this measure, India was short of 1.9 million units of blood, according to data presented at the Lok Sabha earlier this year.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President of IMA said, “Every donor has the potential to save three lives, through various blood components, such as platelets, plasma and red blood cells. There is no substitute to human blood, and we have to rely on the willingness of people to help others fulfil requirements. We are happy to have been associated with Abbott for the past three years to increase awareness and hold donation camps across their offices.”
Dr Shivkumar Utture, President Maharashtra Medical Council said that such initiatives of collaboration of IMA and corporate sector shall go a long way in lending a helping hand to public health. Blood donation should be encouraged as it is a great service that every citizen can do to save the life of a human being.
In Mumbai, 307 employees of Abbott donated blood under the supervision of IMA Mumbai Branch. All the blood units were donated to government/Municipal General Hospitals. Thus a milestone has been reached of collaboration of IMA a voluntary organisation with Abbott a corporate body for the precious cause of community service.
This year, through the donation drives in Abbott, IMA has been able to help 3,900 people.