Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shady deals in shoddy blood must stop

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Shady deals in shoddy blood must stop

The shady deals in shoddy blood very recently hit the headlines. Reports reveal that contaminated blood for transfusion is selling unhindered in the city. The blood-curdling news startle the patients that they are buying spurious blood with their hard-earned money only for compounding the disease they suffer from. It is mind-boggling to learn that the rampant business of impure blood is going on under the very nose of the authorities concerned. The blood that the patients buy from the blood banks in the hope of healing is mixed with deadly viruses. Through the transfusion of such spurious blood the fatal spread of the frightful viruses resulting in the proliferation of terminal disease like HIV AIDS and Cancer. The health department, on the other hand, fails to ensure extensive and intensive blood tests across the country and uninterrupted supply of safe blood as and when necessary. Reports have it that the blood collected from the professional blood donors is found to carry the fatal germs and bacteria of diseases like Hepatitis B and C, HIV-AIDS, Malaria, Syphilis, VDs and acute anemia etc. According to a survey conducted by the directorate of health, the specimens of blood collected from blood banks in various regions of the country contain germs of Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis and AIDS. Such spurious blood is undoubtedly unsafe for transfusion. With the rapid urbanisation and road crashes the necessity of blood has increased to a great extent. According to a source of the Blood Transfusion Department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), at least 120 bags of blood are taken away daily from here by the patients for treatment of various diseases. What is appallingly alarming is that on a thorough screening of the blood collected, hardly five or six bags of safe blood are obtained a day. Certainly the ratio is frustrating for patients who are in dire need of blood transfusion. Only 40 blood banks out of more than one hundred blood banks in the country have licences and the rest are operating illegally. The blood banks are collecting blood from the professional donors without obeying the rules and fundamental procedures of test. Besides, majority of the professional blood donors are drug addicts and afflicted with serious diseases. As the supply and demand gap is very wide the patients have to buy such spurious blood at abnormally exorbitant price. Will the ministry of health launch a vigorous drive in this regard to assuage the perils the poor patients face?

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