Blood crisis balloons in district

FVBDO marks Malda for 31st state conference
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
4 Oct 2017

Federation of voluntary blood donors’ organizations (FVBDO) has chosen Malda as the venue of its 31st state conference from October 13 to 15 to expedite voluntary blood donation movement here considering the district’s pitiable contribution in donating blood.
Swami Divyanandaji, president of the conference organizing committee and secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Saradapith, Belur Math briefed the media about the importance of the conference today.
“Malda is the gateway of North Bengal. The district has a medical college hospital also. But the district has a sustained crisis for blood as patients from neighbouring districts like North and South Dinajpurs, Murshidabad, neighbouring states like Jharkhand and Bihar depend on Malda for treatment. Even patients from Bangladesh too come to Malda for treatment sometimes. Hence, the demand of blood is pretty high here,” Swami Divyanandaji said.
“But despite holding blood donation camps collection of blood is not satisfactory. So, Malda has been chosen as the venue of our state conference to encourage people to donate blood in large numbers and regularly,” the monastic president of the conference said.
Uttam Jha, secretary of the organizing committee informed that Malda medical college and hospital (MMCH) has to dispense 70 to 90 units of blood on regular basis. “Due to huge demand the blood bank of MMCH is often left dry,” he added.
Anil Saha, secretary of Palipally voluntary health welfare organization said, “Last year MMCH blood bank dispensed almost 19000 units of blood while the collection from different blood donation camps was only 8000 units. Large number of thalassemia patients in the district need blood regularly. Altogether the situation is frustrating.”
Keeping in view the above situations, Malda was unanimously chosen as venue of our state conference, the organizers said.
Debabrata Roy, renowned personality of blood donation movement would inaugurate the conference.