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Scarcity of blood due to lockdown, NRCS appeals for blood donation

NRCS has suggested that the supply of blood would become easier if the blood donors, organizations, and the NRCS agencies organized blood donation programs even in small groups with the help of the local levels and the district administration.
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KATHMANDU:– Most of the blood transfusion centers including the Central Blood Transfusion Centre are facing a shortage of blood as blood donation camps could not be organized in the context of the ongoing lockdown and the prohibitory order, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) said.

According to the central blood transfusion center, most of the camps scheduled to be organized on Saturday have been suspended due to the restriction imposed in many places in the country. Director of NRCS Blood Transfusion Service Pawan Gupta said family members of accident victims and patients suffering from excessive bleeding, post-partum women and heart, cancer and renal patients, people suffering from thalassemia, hemophilia and those needing urgent surgery have been coming to the Centre for blood but they have not been able to provide the blood in the required quantity.

There is a shortage of blood not only at the Centre but also at the blood transfusion center at Dharan, Biratnagar, and Chitwan among other places, NRCS communications director Divyaraj Poudel said. He added that lockdown was in effect in most parts of these areas and help was also not feasible from the neighboring districts as well. However, the situation is comparatively feasible in Nepalgunj.

NRCS has suggested that the supply of blood would become easier if the blood donors, organizations, and the NRCS agencies organized blood donation programs even in small groups with the help of the local levels and the district administration. The WHO has already made it clear before this that there is no risk of COVID-19 provided that blood donation and transfusion is done in a safe manner.

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