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A severe shortage of blood has been reported from the Jaffna Hospital where the authorities had requested the army to donate blood to the hospital.

A request was made by the hospital authorities on Thursday (8) to Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, following which over 200 soldiers were sent to the hospital in buses.

The hospital had collected over 300 pints of blood last week alone. It is reported that the residents of Jaffna are reluctant to donate blood owing to the caste issues, which had resulted in the shortage.

Accordingly, the army had donated 1000 pints of blood so far this year.

[UPDATE] 

Meanwhile, Director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Dr. T. Sathyamurthi had denied reports of shortage of blood at the hospital, adding that caste factor was not an issue as far as blood donation was concerned.