Lack Of Rare Blood Groups Taking A Toll

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Srinagar: Even as Aamir Nazir Latto of Bijbehara succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours Tuesday taking death toll to 31, medicos treating this youth said his life could have been saved provided he was brought to the hospital in-time and if his rare blood group B-ve was readily available.

Hit by bullets in his abdomen, Aamir was being rushed to Srinagar for treatment, however, security forces en route allegedly hindered the movement of the ambulance and it reached Srinagar late by around an hour.

“They (police and CRPF) didn’t allow the ambulance to move towards Srinagar… When his family begged before them that he would die, they were brought down from the ambulance and beaten ruthlessly,” said his kin.

By the time Aamir reached SMHS Hospital in Srinagar he had suffered heavy blood loss, while his rare blood group was not available in the hospital. Hospital sources said a delay in arrangement for the blood proved fatal.

“When it’s the matter of life and death, loss of every second counts, “said a doctor treating firearm injuries at SMHS hospital. “Chances of recovery become bleak with every second lost.”

Doctors Association of Kashmir, President, Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan said there was no dearth of routine blood groups in this hour of crises. “Our youth have overwhelmingly responded to the blood donation calls,” he said. “The problem is with rare blood groups.  While all negatives are rare but O-negative is the rarest.”

 Dr Hassan said getting rare blood groups has been the biggest challenge in treating the injured.

Many argue that announcements on radio and Doordarshan Kendra for blood donation have been less effective for their poor listenership. Internet could have made a difference though.

“Our experience shows the moment word is spread around on social media like Facebook, we would get instant response,” a doctor at SMHS said. “We’re not able to get hold of donors this time around when people are willing to donate blood.”

He said appeals to restore mobile internet connectivity have fallen on deaf ears.

While over 1300 wounded are admitted at hospitals here, medicos said the shortage of rare blood groups is taking a heavy toll on human life. “Such groups are always a treasure but even our banks have run out.”

Today apart from shooting SOS to the government, many people have knocked at the doors of Chief Minister’s Advisor Prof Amitabh Mattoo to personally look into the matter.

“Situation continues to be very grave, you can’t leave the people die unheard, something needs to be done if the government is really serious in saving human lives” said a senior medico.

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