Mangalore: High Price, Unavailibility of Blood Put Patients in Quandary
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
Mangalore, Sep 15: The poorer sections of the society have been put in a dilemma when it comes to procuring blood from government hospitals in the city.
Although the Mangalore Unit of Red Cross is active in the city and its members have been arranging blood as per requirement for Wenlock and Lady Goschen hospitals, when poor relatives of patients try to avail them, they are often told that blood is unavailable.
This is because Lady Goshen has no dedicated blood bank, and the blood bank society under Red Cross which often supplies blood is located in Athena hospital.
Members of Mangalore Unit of Red Cross have demanded the transfer of the blood bank society from Athena hospital to Lady Goschen hospital, yet no action has been taken pushing the poor patients into trouble.
Hanumanth Kamath, an active member of the Mangalore Red Cross Unit told Daijiworld that some vested interests have been lobbying to prevent the shifting of the society to Lady Goschen hospital. “The DC has already issued a notice in this regard, but as of now no action has been taken, hence I am keeping a watch. It is an issue related to the poor and thereby should be of priority”, he added.
If blood is available at Lady Goschen hospital it would cost Rs 700 as against the Rs 1,200 charged by private hospitals. Moreover, information with regard to availability of blood free of cost at Lady Goschen hospital to those with BPL cards is not publicized enough, thus pointing to apathy of the concerned. As a result only 10 percent of the blood units are sold, that is, only 100 units are sold from the actual possibility of 1,000 units of being sold every day.
DC’s order as per the NACO guidelines to charge a uniform rate of Rs 700 per unit in private hospitals has been ignored. When a mock enquiry was made with various private hospitals in the city, a blood bank officer of one of the prestigious hospitals in the city did not hesitate to say that a unit of blood costs Rs 1,250.
It is thus high time that price of blood units is regulated and made uniform as per the DC's orders, and that Lady Goshen, being a government hospital, gets a blood bank without having to depend on outside sources.