Water shortage is not the only issue cities face during summer. Currently, there is a shortage of blood supply being experienced in Mumbai. City hospitals are facing blood shortage as there has been drop in the numbers of blood donors. The shortage in the blood bank is could be linked to the on-going summer vacations where schools and colleges are shut.
Speaking My Medical Mantra regarding this issue, Assistant Director of State Blood Transfusion Council Arun Thorat informed, “This is a phenomenon experienced during every summer. It is because of the school and college vacations. Also, people go out of town to attend functions. It causes a dip in the number of donors in summer. We experience shortage of blood in April, May and June”
This phenomenon is not restricted to Mumbai only. It is experienced throughout the world. As a precautionary measure, critical surgeries are not planned during summer vacations. It helps blood banks and hospitals to keep pace with blood demand and supply.
Considering the possibility of blood shortage, blood banks activate their network of blood supply during this period. Speaking about this Arun Thorat said, “In summer we contact NGOs, Railway stations and corporate offices to organise blood donation camps. They always cooperate with us. This a precautionary measure to maintain blood supply.”
Last week due to the shortage of blood in KEM hospital, Indian Medical Association (IMA) had organised blood donation camp at Ghatkopar railway station.