Ensure supply of safe blood to patients

Shockingly, substandard kits are being supplied by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) for testing HIV in blood banks and hospitals. How and why so many innocent patients have been exposed to HIV virus must be probed (News-item, “Bogus testing kits health risk”, July 7).

The National Blood Transfusion Council and all the state councils were expected to ensure the supply of safe blood to the patients after proper screening. Though these councils are supposed to keep a watch on licensed blood banks, these remain on paper.

The only source of blood supply to government hospitals and private nursing homes is licensed blood banks. The blood is supplied only after it is tested. The patients and doctors believe that the blood is screened, safe and tested in the licensed blood banks at civil hospitals and is being transfused. In case the AIDS kits are fake or substandard, where is the guarantee that the reports are correct? Many innocent patients have been exposed to HIV virus unknowingly. Are the drug authorities performing
their duty properly?

The blood transfusion councils, State AIDS control committees and drug authorities should hold regular meetings and ensure that only genuine kits are supplied and action taken against the culprits for supplying fake kits. IMA members, blood donors, media, NGOs, teachers and social workers should form panels and organise blood banks in a transparent manner. Only then, we will be able to provide safe blood.

Dr D. S. JASPAL, Past State President, IMA (Haryana), Ambala City



All youngsters above the age of 18 years should donate blood regularly. All the reputed companies, banks, insurance companies, industrial units. Schools and Colleges should organise blood donation camps like Voluntaries organisations and they should encourage donors by issuing them mementos and certificates.

All these camps should be organised with the help of qualified doctors. Your donated blood can save a valuable life. How happy one feels when ones life is saved.

PREM NATH GUPTA, President, Lions Club, Gurdaspur

Don’t spoil Dalhousie’s beauty

This once pristine health resort has become a sea of putrefying garbage, posing a risk to residents, tourists and the fragile ecosystem of the mountains. The town stinks with decaying plastics, tetrapacks, polythene, rubber and other waste dumped on the mountainsides. The garbage is never removed and it adds to the mess.

One has seen its detrimental effect on the flora and fauna of the Himalayas in this area. It is difficult to walk through the town, or on mountain treks because of the festering rubbish.

Unless urgent steps are taken, the mountains and the town will die a slow and painful death. One wonders why the municipal authorities have done little to reverse this terrible situation.

REHANA SEN, Dalhousie (HP)

Gender equality

The editorial “Stripped of dignity” (July 7) was timely. For every brave Pooja of Rajkot, there are thousands who suffer silently. Ironically, while we perform pooja of female deities, Poojas at home are humiliated. The Indian male mindset refuses to consider his wife as an equal partner. The dependent woman submits to commanding, subverting and abusive behaviour of her man.

True, economic independence of women shall assuage much of their misery, but social fabric also needs an overhaul. Ours laws may be stringent, but are abortive and not formative. The economic blues and social taboos haunt the woman to submission rather than commission.

Quasi-judicial family courts with in camera hearing where parties are made to mend and not defend may go a long way to save the sacred institution of marriage. We must strive to save the honour of our born daughters if we wish to save the unborn ones.

Dr KULDIP SINGH, Hoshiarpur


Pooja Chauhan has adopted a unique method to get her entreaties heard by the authorities. At least now her plight is known to society. She has been constantly harassed for more dowry. Undoubtedly, she is a gutsy girl.The other day, Navneet Kaur drove away the greedy bridegroom who demanded a Honda City car, having not been satisfied with a Maruti Zen given the bride’s family. Today Pooja adopted a unique method to protest her indignation and frustration for the ill-treatment meted out to her.

Tomorrow, someone will come forward with another novel idea to tell men how badly we treat our women and warn us “you better mend your ways”, before it is too late.

S. SAMUEL, Chandigarh


I endorse Pooja Chauhan’s bold step. She made repeated representations to the police and finding no other option available, she took the extreme step. In general, the police have no sympathy with such women in distress. They don’t register FIR and instead brand such women as of loose moral character.

RAMESH GUPTA, Narwana (Haryana)

Rajindra Jheel

Having settled at Patiala after migration from Pakistan, I had the occasion to have a look on Rajindra Jheel while passing on the Mall. The jheel might have been maintained properly by the rulers, but after 1947-48, it has always been neglected.

This jheel might have been established for the Kali Devi Mandir, but the owners of the temple might have disowned it since they were in no position to maintain it. Why can the jheel not be transferred to the Kali Devi Mandir? Once it becomes the property of the Mandir, it is likely to be maintained properly by the temple management and the devotees.

DALIP SINGH WASAN, Advocate, Patiala

“Snail” mail

I immensely relished the middle, “A salute to the postal system” (July 12) by Rashmi Oberoi. Indeed, the postal letters travel these days by “snail” mail rather than e-mail as the writer has aptly pointed out. Pertinently, an official letter from Shimla reached me after 36 days. Three cheers to the innovative Postal Department for its playful antics, including dismantling the telegraph facility in the rural areas.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)



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