UP police arrested 5people for selling blood mixed with equal amount of saline water.
A Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) team arrested blood racketeers during raid.
“The culprits not only doubled the quantity of blood (one unit converted into two units) but also sold ‘whole blood’ units as Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC), befooling patients and thereby putting their lives at risk,” said the Drug Inspector.
Prof Tulika Chandra, HoD transfusion medicine at the KGMU, said: “When blood with saline water is transfused into a patient it causes haemo-dilution. Saline water has a tendency to reduce volume of red blood cells. So, if the body has haemoglobin at 12% it will come down to 4 or 5 per cent. The more you transfuse such blood the level can go down further thus posing a life risk to the patient.”
“Prime accused has confessed that he was doing this business since over a year. He got blood bags printed in the name of various blood banks in the city”.
Additionally, the gang members never tested the donated blood for HIV, Hepatitis, malaria etc, he said and added that the raiding teams recovered blood bags, testing kits and other equipment worth ₹1.5 lakh.
“The donors they selected were poor people, and even drug addicts, who donated for anything between Rs200-800. The gang members prepared two units from one unit by adding saline water” said DI.
Be careful if you ever need a blood and contact only the certified Blood Bank.
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