Summer vacations: Tackle blood shortage, appeals SBTC

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. For which, NGOs and charitable trusts should organise blood donation camps. Also, a meeting should be conducted with the ones who donate blood at the district level, said The State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC)


  • 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.
  • After KEM Hospital, Kandivali’s BMC run Shatabdi Hospital is facing blood shortage of A positive and AB positive blood groups.
  • Now, the SBTC has written a letter to all the medical superintendents of the hospitals.

As per SBTC’s letter:

  • To tackle acute blood shortage, meeting of committee of voluntary blood donors should be taken.
  • All members of the committee should appeal to ensure that there is no shortage of blood.
  • Mumbai’s blood bank chiefs should also make appropriate action plans.
  • NGOs and charitable trusts should organise blood donation camps.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Arun Thorat, assistant director, The State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) said, “During summer, school and colleges are shut and people go out on vacations. There is blood shortage, in the BMC, government hospitals and blood bank. Blood donation camps should be organised to tackle the blood shortage.  For which, we have sent a letter to all the government and private blood banks and hospitals asking them to organise blood camps.”

He added, “Apart from this, a blood donors committee will be formed at the district level, which will include the blood donors who are willing to donate blood.  The members will organise blood donation camps when there is blood shortage.”