Durgapur News Service, 8 September 2015: After the death of four people in Durgapur apparently due to transfusion of contaminated blood, West Bengal blood safety team from “Swastha Bhavan” and a central team visited blood bank of the Durgapur Steel Plant Main hospital on Sunday evening to inquire into the matter. The contaminated bloods were supplied from the Durgapur Steel Plant’s Main Hospital.
The team entered the DSP hospital’s blood bank at around 7 pm on Sunday evening and after nearly seven hours of investigation left the blood bank after 2 am in the morning.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, director (Medical & Health Services), Durgapur Steel Plant was reported to be present all throughout the investigation by the state and central investigating agencies.
Malay Kumar De, principal secretary of West Bengal’s health and family welfare department said: “Four people have died in the last three to four days. Apparently, there was some problem regarding preservation (of blood) at the blood bank of the hospital.”
The investigating team officials were tight-lipped and refrained from any comment. They only said that investigation is going on and it’s too early to specify the reason of such a contamination which took away four precious lives.
On Sunday, the hospital director conducted a meeting with the officials concerned and set up an internal inquiry committee to probe the matter.
The hospital director has set up a three-member inquiry committee to probe the deaths. Sources said the blood given was probably contaminated. So far, none of the four patients’ families have lodged any written complaint with the health department.
Meanwhile CITU supporters staged a silent protest near the DSP hospital’s blood bank, holding placards and tying their mouth with black cloth. Demanding immediate action against those involved in such a grievous lapse, CITU protesters also urged for up-gradation of hospital facilities.
CITU leader Sourav Dutta pointed out that because of the callousness of the DSP management 30 bottles of blood had to be destroyed because they developed contamination in the absence of proper refrigerating facilities.
Durgapur has always faced scarcity of blood. Incidents like this will definitely affect the blood collection and blood donation efforts of various social welfare organizations of Durgapur.