The worst nightmare any relative come across is non-availability of blood at the private hospital. They usually have to depend on civic- run hospitals or NGOs for blood. However, this scenario is about to change as many of the private hospitals will be organising blood donation camp. Usually, such camps are organised by NGO's, civic- run hospitals, political parties, schools and railways. For the first time, private hospitals are going to organise the same.
The National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) has given the permission to private hospitals to organise blood donation camp after getting a nod from the ministry of health and family welfare. For the start, five hospitals of Mumbai i.e. Bandra's Asian Heart Institute, Goregaon’s Fortis hospital, Parel’s Global hospital, Palghar’s Vedant Institute and Navi Mumbai’s Apollo Hospital will organise the blood donation camp. However, Dadar’s Aashirwad Hospital, Kurla’s Kohinoor, Andheri’s Seven Hills and Thane’s Jupiter hospital have not shown any interest.
“These private hospitals have to recruit eight to ten experienced employees to run a blood donation camp. Also, if a hospital fails to provide blood to the patients, then the relatives should give complain in writing to NBTC. We will take action against such hospitals,” said Dr. Thorat, assistant founder, NBTC.