Sharing that there was “significant improvement” in blood donations after the preliminary scare following rising coronavirus instances in India, Nationwide Blood Transfusion Council director Dr Sunil Gupta, Addl DGHS, NACO stated that at current, “blood collection is almost close to pre-COVID times”.
“The scare that was initially present in the minds of the staff at the blood center was removed through proper sanitisation measures, social distancing, and methodical way of blood collection via prior appointments. Donors initially faced movement restrictions, for which certificates were issued for them. We also had more than 30 mobile blood collection vans to reach out to communities and societies. By end of July, there was a significant improvement in blood collection from the bleak scenario in March end and April. Now our collection is almost close to that of pre-COVID times,” he stated on the recently-concluded The Related Chambers of Commerce and Business of India (ASSOCHAM’s) twelfth version of Sickness to Wellness sequence.
The digital occasion noticed an skilled panel of Thalassemia specialists maintain a dialogue on issues confronted by Thalassemia sufferers and blood facilities throughout COVID-19, inclusion of Thalassemia within the Disabilities Act, 2016, and blood donation consciousness in India.