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
"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.