Health workers from India have put up signs on the streets of the capital of New Delhi to encourage BV patients to donate blood.
The volunteers, mostly nurses, have put the posters up along a busy pedestrian street in the city’s western district of Patiala, which is home to a large BV population.
“Our hope is that the government of India will consider it as a voluntary service that will provide hope to people like us,” said BV patient Gyanesh Mishra, who said she had to undergo a vasectomy due to a blocked artery in her lower back.
“They can also donate their blood.”
India is the world’s biggest BV donor country, but many doctors and nurses are concerned about the risk of infection and the impact of infection on the patient’s quality of life.
A growing number of doctors and patients have also said they have been left frustrated by the lack of support from government authorities.
“The problem of BV in India has been compounded by the government,” said Dr Arjun Parekh, head of the centre for BVD in Delhi, who runs a clinic at the Kashi hospital where Mishra is a patient.
“The government is not interested in improving our situation.
It’s a big challenge for them.
They should be more proactive in addressing this issue.”
Doctors and nurses have expressed similar frustrations in the past.
In March, for example, hundreds of BVD patients gathered outside the US consulate in Delhi to demand better access to free blood donations, including from BV survivors who are still unable to travel abroad.
“We are trying to reach out to the government, we are trying our best to raise awareness and raise money to get BV blood,” said one nurse, who did not want to be identified.
The Delhi Health Department declined to comment.
India’s BV community, estimated at 1.4 million, has suffered from a surge in infections and death since the country lifted a moratorium on donor blood on March 3, 2016, citing a growing demand for donor blood for transfusions.
India now has the world in its sights when it comes to the spread of BAV, which causes severe inflammation of the blood vessels, which can cause organ failure, heart disease and death.BV blood is now the top donor blood donor in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
Doctors and nurses from India say they are also seeing a significant increase in BAV cases and deaths among other groups, particularly in the north-eastern state of Assam.
The Indian government is also struggling to stem a growing number, which has been described as a “vaccine for disease”, as some BV populations have started using the blood of people who have been infected with the disease.
“This is something that should be investigated,” said Pareek.
“But we don’t have the information on the numbers.
The government needs to do more to educate people about the virus.”
Dr Rajesh Singh, a professor of medicine at Delhi’s Tata Memorial University, said he thought India’s government had done a good job in encouraging BV volunteers to donate.
“But the problem is, there are still people who are not being educated about the dangers of BVC (blood),” Singh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“This is one of the most important things we need to do to improve our healthcare.”
He added: “We have a lot of BVB cases in the country, and we need BVC blood for these patients to get their blood transfusions.”
In India, there is a long list of BVS blood requirements, which doctors and other healthcare professionals are expected to fulfil before donating.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it expects that there will be at least 500,000 cases of BVI in India by the end of 2019, of which at least 200,000 will be in the northeast.
The number of new cases has soared since the start of the pandemic in 2015, with the number of confirmed BV cases rising by more than 30% in 2017.
India has an estimated 2.2 million cases of CVD and 1.5 million deaths from the disease in the next five years, according the WHO.
The WHO says at least 70,000 people die every year from the virus.