The festive season is right around the corner as Dussehra and Diwali are just a few days away. And the State Blood Transfusion Council is anticipating a blood shortage in Mumbai during this period and has directed blood banks in the city to make necessary arrangements, keeping this situation in mind.
“May and October are the two months when we have to be prepared for the shortage of blood. This is a vacation period. We have advised blood banks to be prepared and make necessary arrangements,” said Ravindra Ingole, Vice President, blood donation motivation committee of State Blood Transfusion Council.
Blood banks are planning to organise blood donation camps at railway stations and corporate offices. Also, the independent blood donation camp organisers are alert and the days of organising blood donation camps are being finalised.
“Every year, October proves to be a critical month in terms of availability of blood. Keeping this in mind, we always organise blood donation camp on October 1. Also, we keep in touch with the independent donors,” said Ganesh Amdoskar, founder of Jivandata organisation which works for blood donation.
In the scenario of blood shortage, thalassemia patients are given preference as their haemoglobin level is less than the normal level. Also, regular blood transfusions are essential for their treatment.
Mayuresh Rodge, a social worker associated with Sion Hospital, told My Medical Mantra, “Considering the possibility of blood shortage, we undertake all the preventive measures required for the treatment of thalassemia patients. The requirement of blood is given to blood banks in advance. Also, the private donors are also kept in the loop.”