Beware of the BLOOD provided by Blood Banks

Beware of the BLOOD provided by Blood Banks

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What do common people expect from blood banks when the need of blood arises? They expect genuine help because their loved one’s life is on the line. Sadly, some blood banks in the country aren’t responsible at all. Better late than never, government began booking them. The numerous violations under which the blood banks were booked include improper storage conditions, overpricing, absence of sterility testing, and poor maintenance of equipment, non-maintenance of prescribed storage temperature, improper logging and under staffing.

This has raised serious concerns over the standard of blood being given out to people by the blood banks. More than 60% of the violating blood banks are from Hyderabad. Government authorities said immediate and stern action will be taken against them and responsible professionals will be prosecuted.

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Blood transfusion continues to be a major source of disease transmission and infection. Viruses, bacteria and parasites are all capable of being transmitted through blood transfusions. Common viral infections through blood are:

– Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

– West Nile virus (WNV)

– Hepatitis viruses

– Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

– Parvovirus B19

– Human T-cell lymphotrophic viruses (HTLVs)

However in India, most infections transmitted via transfusion are of HIV and Hepatitis B & C.

The Indian blood transfusion service is divided. The main problems include but are not limited to:

  • Absence of an effective blood bank authority
  • Lack of a strategic framework for developing a reliable, safe and efficient blood transfusion service.
  • Scarcity of safe voluntary unpaid blood donors
  • Currently 70% of blood source is through replacement donations
  • Poor quality of screening tests
  • Lack of quality test kits and reagents
  • Lack of adequate training of the hospital staff
  • Inadequate basic facilities within a majority of blood centers
  • Poor laboratory procedures

ABBlood’s objective is to tackle these issues and fulfill blood requirements only through licensed blood banks. Life of the person needing blood transfusion holds greatest importance to ABBlood.

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