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Scarcity of blood in SCB, Red Cross leaves patients in tizzy

Bhubaneswar: Scarcity of blood in the SCB Medical College and Hospital Blood Bank and the Red Cross Central Blood Bank have put patients in trouble post severe cyclone Fani, which hit the Odisha coast on May 3.

According to reports, hundreds of Tallahassee, hemophilia and blood cancer patients, who require blood infusion on a regular basis, are facing difficulties. Besides, accident victims are also facing difficulties.

The situation is such that there is sheer dearth blood for exchange against blood being donated by relatives of patients. The Red Cross Central Blood Bank has only about 40 blood units against its preservation capacity of 4,000. Similarly, the SCB Medical College and Hospital blood bank has about 20 blood units against its capacity of 2,000.

The situation has arisen due to general elections and Cyclone Fani. No blood donation camp has been organised since April 7 on behalf of the SCB Medical Blood Bank. Similarly, no such camp has been held in any of educational or other institutes in Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda and Puri districts after onslaught of Fani during the last 14 days.

The situation will worsen if blood camps are not organised and blood units are not collected soon, according to health experts.

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