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Mirwais hospital lacks blood amid high demand

Mirwais hospital lacks blood amid high demand

Jul 05, 2020 - 17:02

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): The Mirwais hospital in southern Kandahar province, where patients from nearby provinces and war and traffic casualties are brought, is in short supply of blood.

Officials say after the outbreak of coronavirus in Afghanistaninfo-icon, people rarely visit the Imaminfo-icon Hussain blood bank in the Mirwais hospital to donate blood.

Dr. Asadullah at the Imam Hussain blood bank told Pajhwok Afghan News that corona had affected every sphere of life including blood donation.

He said previously they would have 350 to 400 pints of blood available in the hospital compared today’s 80 pints.

He said due to the coronavirus crisis, people had stopped visiting the blood bank for blood donation and doctors also could not collect bloods from students at universities which have been closed.

Previously, Asadullah, recalled 20 to 30 people would come and donate blood. He said now the hospital lacked blood and could not handle critical patients.

He said the lack of blood threatened the lives of thalassemia patients as currently up to 60 such patients daily contacted the Mirwais hospital for blood.

The doctor urged people to donate blood the way they did in the past in order to rescue precious lives. He said a person of 17 years age could donate blood thrice a year.

In the Mirwais Hospital, parents could be seen wandering in search of blood for their ailing children.

Zarmina, a mother whose two daughters are thalassemia patient, told Pajhwok that her other daughters had the same ailment and they died one after another.

“For the past several days, I have been bringing my daughters here, but the doctors say there is no blood.”

“You can see their faces, which are turned yellow due to lack of blood. Looking at their faces, I weep from dawn to dusk.”

 She said she had many times demanded blood from people on roads to save her daughters.


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