There is a serious shortage of blood banks in Greek hospitals

Beijing, September 10 (Xinhua) according to Greece quoted the pan Greek Association of patients with thalassemia and sickle cell disease, said that from mid July to now, the country’s hospitals have a serious shortage of blood stock, especially in the Attica region. As a result, patients with thalassemia in Greece now face “indefinite” delays in blood transfusions.

recently, the pan Greek Association of patients with thalassemia and sickle cell disease urged the heads of relevant departments to take immediate action to meet the blood needs of patients. At the same time, they also called on people to go to the national blood donation center for unpaid blood donation to fill the current blood gap in Greece.

thalassemia and sickle cell disease are serious genetic diseases with multiple organ complications. Patients should receive at least two units of blood transfusion every two to three weeks to keep hemoglobin at a minimum level of 10G / dl before blood transfusion, so as to avoid heart disease, liver dysfunction, bone deformity, endocrine disorders, and organ ischemia and other complications. In addition, if patients have acute events such as acute chest syndrome, they need multiple blood transfusions immediately, otherwise they will be life-threatening.

the association also pointed out that six hospitals violated the treatment plan for patients with the disease, and asked them to come to the hospital once a week or more frequently for blood transfusion, or directly transferred to another hospital for treatment, regardless of their transportation convenience. Despite the public health organization’s request to keep a safe distance of more than 1.5 meters, the hospital is still very crowded. Not only did the patients suffer greatly, but also the risk of new coronavirus transmission was greatly increased.

the association has repeatedly reported to the national blood donation center and the Ministry of health on the problems of blood shortage and hospital congestion. The national blood donation center also acknowledged that there is a serious shortage of blood supply. Although there is a certain shortage of blood every summer, by the end of August 2020, the total amount of unpaid blood donation has decreased by 7000 units compared with the same period last year, and the new crown treatment also consumes a certain amount of blood inventory. To urge the authorities to solve the problem of “indefinite” delayed blood transfusion as soon as possible, the thalassemia and sickle cell disease association will hold a protest rally outside the Greek Ministry of health on September 22. (Xu Yining) < A=“ " target="_ blank" rel="noopener">Focus