Dengue-stricken capital is experiencing severe scarcity of blood in blood banks. Bystanders and relatives of dengue patients are having a difficult time arranging blood for the patients as dengue causes blood platelet counts to drops sharply.
Scorching summer heat and summer vacations are the main reasons for the shortage of blood in blood banks. This is because college students are the main contributors of blood. During summer, most of the colleges will be closed down for summer vacation and the intense heat makes public reluctant to travel to hospitals to donate blood.
Scorching summer heat and summer vacations, are the main reasons for the shortage of blood in blood banks.
Dengue affected person will have to undergo platelet infusion as dengue causes the platelets to drop to 10,000 and also due to spontaneous bleeding. According to medical professionals, some cases will need up to 8 units of blood for one person.
Meanwhile, some blood donators say that lack of 24-hour support system and poor storage facility is the reason for blood shortage. An average hospital needs somewhere around 300-400 units of blood in a day and most hospitals take blood only till afternoon. Blood donators are in the opinion that blood collection drives in places such as Technopark will be much more effective than individual collection system. Plans are afoot to start around-the-clock blood donation centre at Technopark.
According to medical professionals some cases will need up to 8 units of blood for one person.
The number of dengue cases in Trivandrum has shot up to alarming levels. This week number of dengue patients in the capital reached an all-time high of 112 confirmed cases. Lack of availability of preventive vaccines and adequate mosquito control measures in the hospital have added to the crisis. Places like Karamana, Poojapura, Bheemapalli, Valiyathura and Nemom are the most affected areas in the city. Lack of cleanliness and unhygienic surroundings causes the outbreak in the capital.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Make sure your surroundings are clean with no stagnated water in sunshades or pits. Use mosquito repellents or nets to prevent mosquito bites. Provide dengue patients with mosquito nets to prevent further outbreak. With everyone doing their part dengue outbreak can be controlled to a huge extent.