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All the thalassemia patients are going through hard times because of the ongoing shortage of blood. Doctors have informed that arranging all the requirements in this covid situation is quite tough.
The present situation is extremely worse as there is a sharp drop in the number of blood donation camps because the raging second wave of Covid-19 has resulted in an acute crisis of blood. Though this crisis is going on since the Assembly election model code of conduct came into force in February. Over 100 patients are suffering from thalassemia are living in Siliguri. According to the information, a genetic blood disorder, thalassemia requires lifelong regular blood transfusions, which should have completed by every two to five weeks. Pijush Roy, the Siliguri Voluntary Blood Donors Forum coordinator, said, “There has been an unprecedented situation. Thalassemia patients are in deep trouble owing to the blood crisis for a long time. We had not seen such a crisis even during the first wave of Covid-19. But this time, the model code of conduct and later the rising number of Covid-19 cases hit blood donation camps. Now we are not getting knocks from thalassemia patients so much, and it is maybe because they are aware of the situation and we also do not know if all of those patients are still surviving.” For the few past decades a veteran health activist, Mr. Roy has been campaigning for blood donation and working for thalassemia patients. Dr. Mridumay Das, The director of the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre (RBTC) at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, said, “around 10-12 units of blood required for thalassemia patients daily. Apart from Siliguri, thalassemia patients, who hail from other districts, also turn up at the NBMCH." Dr. Das said, “But the situation in blood banks is so grim that we cannot provide the blood to those patients. We are concerned about the situation.” He added, “Apart from this, we have almost no unit left. There is no stock of negative groups, we have four units of A+, 10 units of B+, six units of O+.” As per the report, the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation in Siliguri has arranged a blood donation camp today, where 16 units were collected. Blood banks used to get a maximum number of units of blood through the voluntary collection. Almost there are 19 government blood banks in north Bengal under the RBTC. RBTC officials said, “the situation there too was more or less the same.” RBTC officials added, “they supplied around 80 units of blood from the RBTC to the different health facilities, and the daily requirement of the NBMCH alone is around 60-70 units.” Sources at the RBTC said, “around 500 units of stock with at least 25 units of each positive group is an ideal stock.”