Shimla, May 13 -- Amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals in Himachal Pradesh are facing a shortage of blood.

Blood donation camps that were slated for the coming weeks have been deferred due to the lockdown and the suspension of public transport to contain the spread of coronavirus. Nine such camps were to be held in Shimla by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), students and welfare groups to meet the requirement of the three main hospitals, namely the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and Kamla Nehru Hospital.

"As of now, there are 300 units of the blood available with us. It's enough for a week as the demand has also dropped to 50 units a day with elective surgeries on hold. But we fear ...