Valley faces shortage of blood

- Dipak Bayalkoti, Kathmandu

Aug 7, 2014-

The Nepal Red Cross Society has been facing acute shortage of blood in the Capital. Officials say that this crisis was caused due to the significant decrease in the number of people willing to donate blood. The NCRS data shows that it has not been able to meet 50 percent of the demand for the past five years. In the past fiscal year, 72,533 units of blood was collected and distributed, however, the demand was almost doubled to 144,745 units. According to Jiwan Tara Bhatta, senior administrative officer at the NRCS, the demand for blood has mounted due to the expansion of health services, mushrooming medical colleges, government and private hospitals and nursing homes. “We are highly dependent on donation camps organised throughout the year for the collection of blood. “However, the decline of people willing to donate blood is the major reason behind the crisis,” Bhatta said.

The NRCS in collaboration with various institutions like colleges, universities, clubs and government as well as non-governmental organisations has initiated efforts to encourage people to donate blood. “People have to realise that drops of blood can save lives,” Bhatta said.

Published: 08-08-2014 08:59

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