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Posted at: Jun 13, 2019, 7:27 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2019, 7:27 AM (IST)

Blood bank grapples with shortage of lab technicians

Blood bank grapples with shortage of lab technicians
The blood bank at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda. File photo

Sameer Singh
Tribune News Service
Bathinda, June 12

Owing to the acute shortage of lab technicians (LTs), the blood bank unit of the Civil Hospital has been unable to provide quality service for past three months. Since the shortage of lab technicians has continued for a long time, it has started showing its impact as the number of donors visiting the unit has gone down sharply.

Notably, two LTs were transferred from the blood bank unit and one LT left the job in the past three months. Officials of the Health Department neither made fresh appointments not transferred LTs from other government-run health centres in the district to the district hospital, affecting the quality of services being rendered at the blood bank unit of the Civil Hospital.

Sources in the Health Department said against the requirement of 10 LTs, at present the unit had been managing the affairs with merely four LTs. The demand for appointing new LTs had been forwarded to the higher officials on a numerous occasions, but nothing concrete has been done in the matter till now.

Sources said a lab technician from a health centre was transferred to the blood bank unit recently. The technician provided relief to some extent to staff members, but largely the problem still remained unaddressed.

Dr Inderdeep Singh, Blood Transfusion Officer, Blood Bank, Civil Hospital, said, “Though the unit continues to grapple with the staff shortage, the appointment of one LT has provided some relief. We have brought the matter to the notice of higher authorities who after talking to officials in the state Health Department has given us assurance that the matter of shortage of staff would be resolved on priority.”

It is pertinent to mention here that a lab technician handles blood collection, storage, Elisa testing, issuing of blood, cross matching, create component by segregating parts of blood and maintaining of records. Apart from that, LTs are required to arrange and organise blood donation camps in different parts of the district.

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