HOSPITALS HOPELESS FOR DONORS AS LOCKDOWN HITS BLOOD BANKS DENSE

Report By Annie Mathew | Bengaluru | Last Updated at April 6 2020

Hospital appeal and support for requirements are anything to go by, the Covid-19 pandemic and the following lockdown has left those requiring blood in the list. One cancer patient who was in need of blood on Monday, his son had to pull his contacts, plead for help on social media and do community outreach to ensure he had enough donors. Though he got the required blood by Tuesday.

“Some donors wanted me to pick them up and drop them back as there was no transport. They feared police action if they were to come n their own.”son replied. The police caught one of the donors and grasp his bike despite his statement was going to donate blood for a patient in an emergency.

So bad is the crash of the lockdown on blood banks that they might run dry in a week. The doctor said the hospital is willing to send the signed copy of the permission for willing donors who can show it to the police. “They need to just call us, and we will take care of the circulation. Right now, we don’t even have volunteer,” he said.

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