Blood donation hit by Swine Flu fear in Pune
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 18:02
Pune: Being described as epicentre of Swine Flu in the country with 27 fatalities as on August 29, Pune is also facing shortage of blood for patients in need of transfusions, the reason being scare created by the pandemic.

Since the city recorded its first Swine flu death, a 15- year-old school girl on August 3, blood donation camps routinely organised by various charitable trusts and social bodies, are drawing blank in terms of number of donors that has witnessed a massive drop, blood bank officials said today.

Most of the major city hospitals were hit by severe blood crunch as a result of poor collection and many were compelled to postpone planned surgeries, sources said, adding that hospital managements were concerned over the piquant situation.

"Our monthly collection used to be 700 bottles before the flu threat. Now it has dwindled to less than 50 per cent because potential donors are scared of going to crowded places as per the district administration's advice", Sheena Gujar, director of 'Anandrishi' blood bank, one of the prominent city blood banks, said.

Queries with other blood banks showed that it was the same story all over the city with donation camps being wound up for want of donors coming forward, thanks to H1N1 shadow.

In an effort to boost blood donation drives, blood banks were now mooting launch of an awareness campaign to invite prospective donors by removing their misgivings with a message that the camps would be organised without in any way compromising on the safety aspect, sources said.

Meanwhile, Blood donation committee of Lions club of Pune has issued an appeal to citizens to donate blood in large numbers at a camp being held by it at sprawling Nehru stadium on September 10.

"Blood shortage at city hospitals is causing hardships to patients and doctors and all voluntary organisations should make concerted efforts to bring relief", Chairman of the committee Kalyan Gujarati said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 18:02

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