SRINAGAR: SMHS hospital here may be finding it difficult to manage fuel for its vehicles, but its blood bank is almost ‘overflowing’ with volunteers now being asked to wait for an opportune time to donate for this valuable cause.
Principal of the Government Medical College, Dr. Kaisar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader, “We are finding it difficult to get our fuel supplies, but we are almost having excess reserve this time.”
“Even after supplying sufficient amount of blood to needy patients in the past few days, we have been replenishing our supplies with ease, thanks to the volunteers pouring in in unprecedented numbers,” he said.
Dr. Kaiser added that the hospital has released 65 units of blood besides frozen fresh Plasma, Platelets and other blood based components needed to the patients and that there is enough stock available.
He said that the hospital has already received 139 units of blood and now the focus is on replenishing some rarer blood groups.
Adil Nabi, a volunteer, who had managed to come from curfew bound area of Nawakadal area had to return disappointed after officials at blood bank declined his donation.
“This is the first time I have come to donate blood and they are asking us to wait before we could be called for donating blood,” he said adding that his cousin too was not allowed to donate blood as he was found under aged.
One of the employees at the Department of Transfusion Medicine and Hematology under which the Blood Bank at the hospital operates said that in times of crisis, hospital witnesses rush of donors and this time people have responded immensely with hundreds turning up daily for this noble cause.
Adding that this sprit must be kept alive round the year and people should develop a habit of donating blood.
“People should also know what group they carry and should be above the age of 18 with good general health” he said
Dr. Kaiser said that this was an opportune time to improve over a volunteer base that could be aptly handled for maintaining supplies at the hospital in future.