Kolkata, 1 October
The state government, too keen to play up its achievements in the health sector, has had a dismal performance when it comes to component separation units of blood.
The recent advisory of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has suggested that states separate at least 60 per cent of the collected blood into components, but state figures hover around 27-30 per cent.
Experts say whole blood is generally not required by patients and blood components, which primary include plasma, platelets and red blood cells, help provide the same blood to three different persons and result its effective use.
But blood bank officials say that shortage of staff coupled with too few component separation units has been causing wastage of blood, which could otherwise have helped save more lives.
“There have been no recruitment in blood banks for years now, which has led to the huge staff crunch. Retirements have been further worsening the situation,” added the official.
Experts also blame a lack of awareness among doctors about the rational use of blood. “Doctors, instead of writing about the specific requirement, generally ask patients to bring whole blood, which results in unnecessary wastage,” said a senior blood bank staff at SSKM.