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Manipur faces shortage of blood
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUNE 14
Published on 14 Jun. 2011 11:53 PM IST
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: Blood banks in Manipur require 20,000 units of blood in a year but only 2000 units are available. Lack of voluntary blood donors is behind the heavy shortage of blood in these banks as against the heavy demand for blood.
Celebrating the World Blood Donor Day in the state under the theme ‘More Blood, More Life’ on Tuesday, state health services officials said blood is available in three licensed blood banks at RIMS hospital, JNIMS hospital and Churachandpur district hospital only mostly collected from voluntary blood donors.
On the occasion NGOs in collaboration with state health department organised blood donation camps at RIMS and JNIMS hospitals.
Officials also said state government has taken up works to set up blood banks in every district headquarters considering the vital space occupied by blood in health service delivery system and to cope with the increasing demand for blood.
Blood donated by voluntary blood donors was utilized in saving lives in many critical conditions. Blood transfusions can also prevent serious illness in patients suffering from violence and injury, road accidents, child birth related complications and other serious conditions, the officials maintained.
With regard to blood donors, the source maintained that majority of blood donors in the state are men and very few women volunteer to donate blood.

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