Ninety percent of the blood received at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) is from donors and more than 100 people donate blood every day, said Madras Medical College (MMC) dean Dr V Kanagasabai.
Speaking at the inauguration of a training session for medical officers, lab technicians and staff nurses on the procedures and precautions to be taken while handling blood here on Monday, he said that due to increased awareness, the number of voluntary blood donors had gone up over the years.
Organised by the department of transfusion medicine, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), the month-long training is sponsored by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and Tamil Nadu State Blood Transfusion Council (TNSBTC).
“Blood cannot be manufactured, so we need people to come forward to help others. We have a good model in Tamil Nadu,” he said.
Elaborating on the numbers for RGGGH blood donations, the dean said, “The measure is to collect five times the bed strength of the hospital, a little more if it is a multi-speciality super hospital. We have collected over 36,000 units last year and have screened the blood for HIV, venereal diseases and Hepatitis B among others.”
Dr Kanagasabai also thanked the government for providing the hospital with a component separator, whereby the blood could be split and the various components could help more people.
Addressing the participants of the training, he said, “This will be a didactic session, where you can also share your knowledge, get your doubts cleared and air your problems. Participate and benefit from it.”
Dean of Stanley Medical College, Dr Geethalakshmi, said that the training was an opportunity for them to update their knowledge. She received the first copy of a training manual released by the government, ‘Handbook on Transfusion Medicine’.
Others present at the inauguration included Dr KM Radhakrishnan, Senior professor at MMC, Dr K Selvarajan and Dr Venu Anand.