NBTS warns of blood bag shortage

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There is a shortage of ‘Triple’ size blood bags at the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), NBTS Director Lakshman Edirisinghe revealed.

Owing to the forex crisis, it has been hard to manage blood bags since most are imported, he acknowledged referring to the shortage.

Edirisinghe said that the current shortage of blood was not due to a shortage of donors, but a shortage of bags.

He also stated blood stocks have been managed to a certain extent since there are limited number of surgeries.

However, he claimed that emergency surgeries, pregnancies, young children and cancer patients have been prioritised. 

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi