MUMBAI: In the last five years, over 28 lakh units of blood and its components were discarded by banks across India, exposing serious loopholes in the nation's blood banking system.
If calculated in litres, the cumulative wastage of 6 per cent translates to over 6 lakh litres —a volume enough to fill up 53 water tankers.
India faces, on average, a shortfall of 3 million units of blood annually. Lack of blood, plasma or platelets often leads to maternal mortality as well as deaths in cases of accidents involving severe blood loss.
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