The Democratic Students Alliance has unearthed a blood donation racket in the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Manipur. Six officials from the blood bank in the hospital, four regular blood donors, and an agent are allegedly involved in the racket.
Hospital authorities have begun an inquiry and have promised action on those involved.
The investigation has brought to light the modus operandi of four professional blood donors, who were in the practice of selling their blood thrice in a month. As per health norms, donors can donate blood only once a month.
When blood donation norms are flouted and professional blood donors donate more than once a month, the risks to health are extremely high especially in the absence of proper screening of blood prior to donation.