Blood shortage hits Valley

Kathmandu, November 8:

Despite regular blood collection/donation drives launched by various organisations, the capital is still facing a shortage of blood, the Blood Donors’ Association and the Central Blood Transfusion Service told a joint press meet today.

“As treatment is centralised in the capital, we have not been able to meet the demand,” said Mahendra Bilash Joshi, president of the Blood Donors’ Association (BDA).

He said the number of donors is increasing every year. There are three blood collection centres in the capital — Chabahil, Nayabazar and Jorpati. The association has directed all organisations under it to organise blood donation programmes as frequently as possible.

According to Dr Manita Rajkarnikar, director at the Central Blood Transfusion Service (CBTS) under the Nepal Red Cross Society, about 200 to 300 units of blood should be collected per day to meet the current demand. “We hardly get about 30/40 units during working days,” she said. The donation programmes are often conducted on public holidays due to which the centre has to face problems in supplying blood.

The CBTS produces blood components from the collected blood. “This enables us to supply blood to many individuals from a single unit of blood,” she said.