Illegal Blood Banks Mushrooming in Bangladesh
February 1, 2006
In the capital city of Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh, illegal blood banks are proliferating. Quoting sources in the health directorate, the local New Age newspaper reported Monday that some 150 blood banks are operating in Dhaka and 500 more are operating elsewhere. The blood from these private blood banks is reportedly seldom screened for blood-borne infections. "We have found that 29 percent of professional donors have hepatitis B, 3.8 percent hepatitis C and 30 percent syphilis," said a physician at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. These blood banks are not registered or licensed to do business, said Abdur Rashid, director of the hospital health directorate. The government has formed a committee to monitor the blood business in private hospitals, he said. A shortage is encouraging the underground blood trade. The blood center at DMCH can only supply about 40 of the 100 bags of blood needed daily at the facility.
Xinhua News Agency
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