With the rising dengue cases in Pune, the hospitals need more SDP donations (platelet donations). Platelets are high in demand as they help in building the patient’s immune system. But with the festive season about to start, the blood and platelet donations go down.
Considering these things, for the first time, the Pune railway department has arranged blood and platelet donation camp on platform number one at Pune Railway Station. All passengers will be urged to donate blood and platelets on October 16 from 9 am to 5 pm.
Manoj Jhawar, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Pune Division, said, “We are doing this for the first time in the city. We are planning to do it every year twice, once in the month of May, and one in the month of October or November. During this time of the year, there are holidays for schools and colleges. Any city, during this time, witnesses reduced blood donations. For this reason, we have started this initiative. We have tied up with different NGOs, who work for blood donation in the city. The blood and platelets will then be given to Sassoon General Hospital.”
Experts point out that all cities in the state face a similar situation. With the rise in dengue cases post-monsoon, demand for platelet is high, but supply is low. Experts say that just before Diwali, the voluntary blood donation goes down. It is, therefore, necessary that more such camps should be organised.
In the last three months, there is a steep rise in dengue cases in Pune. While 2019 has seen 630 cases of dengue, September itself has seen the highest number of cases — 321. In the last three months, the city has witnessed a rise of more than 70 per cent in dengue cases. With this, the demand for platelet has also increased.
Ram Bangad, the founder of Raktache Nate, which works for blood donation in Pune, said, “We have received many inquiries asking for platelets for dengue patients from the different public as well as private hospitals in the city. There is a lack of awareness on SDP donation, and so there is a demand-supply gap. Such camps not only helps in creating awareness but also in bridging the gap.”
Dr Arun Thorat, the assistant director, State Blood Transfusion Council, said, “Dengue cases have increased across Maharashtra, and so is the demand for platelets. But, during this time of the year, due to holidays to schools and colleges, and festivities, we also get lesser voluntary blood donation across the state. It is only through such camps that sufficient blood donation, and its availability can be ensured.”