Bhaktapur Red Cross faces blood shortage

- POST REPORT, Bhaktapur

Oct 14, 2014-

The Bhaktapur branch of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) is facing an acute shortage of blood, especially B positive, AB positive, and negative blood groups such as O, A and B.

Officials at NRCS Bhaktapur—one of the biggest suppliers of blood on the outskirts of the Valley—said they were unable to supply adequate amount of blood in the past few months due to the festive season as many native people, the major blood donors in Bhaktapur, are busy with farm works. “We used to collect 30-35 units of blood a month during donation programmes earlier. But that has declined to 20 units now,” lamented Manoj Kumar Thapa, president of NRCS Bhaktapur chapter.

The NRCS Bhaktapur on an average receives a demand of 150 units of blood a day, but it is able to supply only 70-100 units. The demand in the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital has shot upto 25 units a day from 11 units in the previous years. The officials explain the same amount is supplied to the Kidney Transplant Centre in Bhaktapur a day.

Despite facing a short supply of blood, the branch has not disappointed anyone, claims Thapa. “We have not sent our customers empty handed. We provide two units of blood who demands for five.” he said.

The branch had prepared a slogan “go to Bhaktapur when you are in need of blood” four years ago because of rich collection of blood there. It has been a major supplier of component blood in various parts of the country, including Morang, Sunsari,  Chitwan, Pokhara and Butwal.  

   “We are not able to fulfill the entire demands. But we have provisioned blood for emergencies,” said another NRCS official. The branch has created a club named Club 25, where 700 youths from the age group of 18-25 in Bhaktapur have registered their names as donors.  “The club members are very committed and become available any time in need. We are also campaigning for blood donation through local print and broadcast media,” added Thapa.

The NRCS Bhaktapur collected 15,000 units of blood and supplied 25,000 units, making a component, this fiscal. A unit of blood makes four different blood group.  The branch needs 35,000 units to meet the normal demand. 

Published: 15-10-2014 09:01

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