The registrar general of the Himachal Pradesh High Court has sought a report from the states principal secretary-health about wastage of blood at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda in Kangra district. Umang Foundation,an NGO for thalassemic children,had drawn the courts attention to recent news reports of blood going waste at the hospital. Registrar General DC Chaudhary has sent the letter written by the President of Umang Foundation Ajai Srivastva to Principal Secretary Health PC Dhiman giving him two weeks for a report on the entire matter. However,court officials said the action should not be construed as judicial intervention.
Umang Foundation had expressed concern over the absence of a network for interlinking of blood banks due to which a large quantity of blood was wasted in the state. The foundation had also questioned the governments move to get an inquiry done by officials who are directly in charge of the blood banking system in the state,including Director State AIDS Control Society Dr. Sulakshna Puri,who was member secretary of the State Blood Transfusion Council for many years till February 2010 and the principal secretary-health,who is now chairman of the council.
The government has already accepted that about 75 units of blood were wasted as they had exceeded the expiry date of 35 days from the date of collection and 70 others were not found fit for use due to infections.