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Blood shortage

Siliguri, March 23: The Regional Blood Transfusion Centre at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital here is facing an acute blood shortage as no donation camps have been held for the past fortnight because of the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

According to Mridumoy Das, the director of the centre, the facility is left with only 70 units of blood and if no camps are held in the coming week the existing stock will soon be exhausted.

“We are facing an acute shortage of blood of all groups at the centre because not a single blood donation camp has been held in the past fortnight. The blood stock has come down to 70 units and if no donation camps are held to replenish the stock, our blood units will be finished in the next two to three days,” Das said.

The blood transfusion centre supplies blood and blood components to patients admitted to NBMCH and other hospitals in and around Siliguri.

Das said the centre maintained a stock of 700 to 1,000 units of blood under normal circumstances and supplied 70 units to patients every day.

At present,the centre is providing blood only to relatives of patients if they can provide exchange donors to replenish the stock.