CHENNAI: Information about the total number of blood units available in the 85 government blood banks out of 278 blood banks in the state is not available. While most of the private blood banks maintain a detailed group wise list online and update it frequently, it is not the case with government run blood banks. Information about the stock list is vital and will help people in a great extent particularly during epidemic times.
Even though TANSACS has a dedicated web site for the government run blood banks (www.tngovbloodbank.in) which has links for the stock list group wise and institution wise, it is “updated only once every 6 months or so.” The agency had announced in 2012 that they would be updating the blood availability across the State on their website every day, after the swine flu and dengue endemics — but they weren’t able to sustain it. The lack of infra structure and financial support is cited as the main reason for the failure in frequent update of the stock lists. Even thought TANSACS and its officials are keen in maintaining the website and updating it, they cannt because of limitations, and are hopefully looking for governments help. The number of units of blood donated in Tamil Nadu has increased by almost 10 per cent compared to previous year, thanks to the initiative taken by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society.
“There is a constant increase in the number of blood donors. Donors contribute about 15% of the total blood collected,” said T Sampath, Consultant, voluntary blood donation, TANSACS.