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IRCS Blood Bank Response to the Dengue Haemorrhage Outbreak
New Delhii; November 21st, 2006

Disease, disaster or disorder see no border. One such example of this is the recent outbreak of the Dengue pandemic, which pushed the countrywide death toll to 180 and affected thousands others.

Anxious relatives waiting at
IRCS Blood Bank 

Dengue has become one of the major public health concerns for India. It is transmitted to the human by the Aedes mosquito and it is of two types i.e. the Dengue Fever (DF) and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), which may result into Dengue Shock Syndrome. The first DHF outbreak was reported in 1988 and after the 1996 outbreak, dengue was declared a dangerous disease under the Delhi Municipal Act. The National Anti-Malaria Programme (NAMP), which is the nodal agency, is monitoring dengue at the national level.

Dengue cases are diagnosed by the clinical symptoms supplemented by the decreasing platelet counts and increased PCV (Packed Cell Volume) levels. If the level of platelet counts falls to 20,000/cumm it may lead to life threatening bleeding therefore platelets concentrates are immediately needed for the patient.

Blood donation camp in progress
 

The Indian Red Cross Blood Bank realized the above- mentioned task and responded to the dengue outbreak. It stood above the rest among the 53 licensed Blood Banks in Delhi, out of which 22 are Government and voluntary Organization Blood Bank and 31 are Private Blood Banks. The Secretary General IRCS guided the blood bank medical officers, technicians and other personnel to rise to the occasion.

IRCS Blood Bank provided services round the clock, which included pre and post blood transfusion tests, storage of blood and blood products, donor reception and orientation, telephone assistance, donor selection, blood collection, post-donation donor care, screening tests, blood grouping, component separation and release of blood products for transfusion

Apart from this, IRCS carried out Voluntary Blood Donation Campaign in which the community was educated about social & medical aspects of blood donation. Daily stock position of blood was also monitored from 28th September 2006 onwards. The Blood Bank collected 8918 units of blood at 45 Blood Donation camps and in the Blood Bank, IRCS (NHQ). These camps were organized almost every day in schools, colleges and other places with the help of religious, social, political, commercial, and military / para military organizations.

The Bar Diagram showing number of Blood Units collected, platelets prepared and issued during the Dengue Outbreak in IRCS (NHQ), Blood Bank   from  (22nd Sept. 06 to 13th Nov., 06)

Out of the above-mentioned blood units collected, 7501 units of platelet concentrates were prepared during the period. A total of 6531 units of platelet concentrate were issued to the patients in Govt. and Pvt. Nursing Homes till 5th Nov. These included Lady Harding (494 units), Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (217 units), Safdarjung Hospital (889 units), Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (93 units), Hindu Rao Hospital (39), AIIMS (26), LNJP Hospital (289), other hospitals like NDMC, Babashaib, Railway, ESI, etc (673 units). 3811 units were issued to Private Hospitals / Nursing Homes in Delhi and adjoining cities. During the emergency Crisis, daily requirement of platelet for the Delhi city was 200 to 250 units per day. The IRCS Blood Bank prepared and issued the maximum number of platelets amongst 21 NACO supported blood banks.

The staff of IRCS Blood Bank lived up to the expectations of the public and media alike as the feedback in general from both was that IRCS provided blood products to almost all those people who came to its blood bank for their patients affected by dengue.

 
Period
Govt
Pvt
Total
1996
861
6254
7115
2003
1084
3268
4352
2006
2720
3811
6531
 
Figure 3: Table showing the Comparison Data of platelet Issued to Govt and Private Sectors in year 1996, 2003 and 2006

Bar Diagram Showing the total Blood Collection during Dengue Outbreak in NACO supported 21 Blood Banks
(9th Oct. 06 to 13th Nov., 06)
 

Bar Diagram Showing the total Platelets Concentrates Issued during Dengue Outbreak in NACO supported 21 Blood Banks  
(9th Oct. 06 to 13th Nov., 06)
 
The staff of IRCS Blood Bank lived up to the expectations of the public and media alike as the feedback in general from both was that IRCS provided blood products to almost all those people who came to its blood bank for their patients affected by dengue.
 
 
 
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