Nepal Red Cross Society urges public to donate blood amid nationwide shortage

The Bhaktapur chapter of the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) has issued a plea to the public to donate blood to address a severe shortage of blood supplies nationwide.

Currently, blood banks in various regions of the country, including Bhaktapur, are grappling with a scarcity of blood due to a high demand, especially in the face of the rising cases of dengue fever. The Dashain festival caused a pause in blood collection, exacerbating the shortage.

Despite these challenges, NRCS Bhaktapur is actively working to meet the emergency demand for blood, ensuring that the relatives of patients seeking blood in the district don’t leave empty-handed.

This shortage of blood is not limited to Bhaktapur but has affected areas throughout Nepal, including the Valley and neighboring Kavrepalanchowk.

Manoj Kumar Thapa, the outgoing president of NRCS Bhaktapur, noted that the NRCS-operated blood bank currently supplies 30-35 pints of blood daily, but the demand exceeds 150 pints.

He emphasized the life-saving potential of a pint of blood and urged the public to step forward and donate.