Shimla: In a sheer case of gross negligence and a damn care attitude of the Himachal government officials, precious donated blood was reportedly destroyed at the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda in Kangra district.
Ajay Srivastava, president of ‘Umang Foundation’ which raised the issue said, "The Chamba, Dharamsala and Palampur blood banks which sent 177 units of blood out of which 75 units of blood could not be utilised as the expiry date was close. The erring officials should be taken to task," The blood units were sent to Dr R P government Medical College (Tanda) by the three state blood banks.
These blood banks played a trick by dispatching the surplus blood units knowing that these would expire and did not monitor the demand and supply of blood to needy patients, Srivastava claimed.
"It is a criminal neglect on the part of concerned officials and a cruel joke with organisations and individuals carrying forward the mission of voluntary blood donation and make Himachal Pradesh free from commercial blood donors," he added.
Srivastava has written a letter to Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal demanding a thorough probe into the matter and demanded stringent action in this regard. It was strange that the Blood transfusion council which regulated the blood banks was non-functional in the state and there was no networking of blood banks to know whether there was excess or shortage of blood in a particular hospital, he wrote.
There is a dire need that this system was computerised and networked to enable the doctors, donors and patients to know about availability of blood so that it could be transferred from one blood bank to another, depending on requirement of patients, he added.
He said it was sad that on the one hand, the patients have to run from pillar to post to get blood in emergency, and, on the other, so many blood units were downed in a drain.