No blood in blood banks? It's being wasted instead

New Delhi: India may be facing a shortfall of more than 3 million units of blood annually, but it has already wasted 6 lakh liters of blood in last five years. And what is more worrying is the fact that 50% of this wasted precious liquid had plasma, which has a shelf life of one year.

 Normally whole blood and red blood cells have a shelf life of 35 days, but plasma from the blood beyond this time can certainly be retained. Who is to be blamed for this flaw.

Certainly, India does not have a foolproof system in blood banking system. This startling fact has come to light by thr data provided by National Aids Control Organisation in response to an RTI. While Maharastra is to be blamed for maximum wastage, it is closely followed by West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Plasma is imported by several pharma companies to produce albumin still in 2016-17, over 3 lakh units of fresh frozen plasma were discarded. Lack of a sound blood sharing network between banks and hospital can be identified as the main reason among many others.