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Finger at NBMCH after death

Siliguri, March 27: The relatives of a patient who died at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital here today filed a complaint with the superintendent of the facility, alleging that delay in supplying red blood corpuscles and platelets by the blood bank had led to the death.

Fulmani Lohar, 65, a resident of Leesh River Tea Estate in Jalpaiguri district, was admitted to the female medical ward at 11am yesterday. “Doctors told us that her stomach was filled with water. They asked us to get a unit of red blood corpuscles and one unit of platelets of A positive blood group from the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre at the hospital. But the staff there asked us to come around 10am today,” said a relative.

RBTC authorities have denied the charge.“The relatives had come with a requisition slip yesterday. We had one unit of red blood corpuscles of A positive group but no platelets. We asked them to get a demand slip from the ward and collect the red blood corpuscles today,” said Mridumoy Das, the RBTC director.

Amarendranath Sarkar, NBMCH superintendent, could not be contacted.