In India's case, as per the data of 2016-17, there was a shortage of 1.9 million units (or 15%)
While blood shortage and inconsistency remain a larger issue for India to deal with, the situation has become particularly worrisome owing to the COVID-19 lockdown.
There is an acute shortage of blood in all of Karnataka across various blood banks, with some blood banks having a dip in donations by thirty percent. Blood banks are unable to maintain their own inventory of blood and blood components. Blood banks who are dependent on other blood banks for their patients are hence struggling.
Various challenges have been hampering voluntary blood donation in this period:
We at Fortis, BG Road follow The National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) recommendations to blood banks and donor organizers to maintain protocols related to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all the people involved in blood transfusion services and blood adequacy in such times.
There are strict donor selection guidelines to exclude people with a possible risk of COVID 19. Social Distancing Norms, Use of Personal Protective Equipment are the rule. Strict asepsis is maintained in the Premises of the blood bank.
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