State-of-the-art blood banks in 600 districts soon: Ramadoss

State-of-the-art blood banks in 600 districts soon: Ramadoss

New Delhi: The government of India has decided to set up state-of-the-art blood banks in 600 districts across the country, apart from a model blood bank in all the states within next 2-3 years, said Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, union minister for health and family welfare.

Speaking at the National Conference on "How Accessible and Safe is ’Safe’ Blood?" organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to commemorate World AIDS day on 1 December 2007, the minister said that the Centres will be set up in all four metros at an estimated cost of Rs25 crore each and would aim at supporting regional requirements of testing and storing blood.

He also announced that the government will establish a plasma fractioning unit with a capacity of 15,00,00 litres of blood every year. A National Blood Authority is also on the anvil and would promote and regulate the process of donations, transfusions and policies regarding blood.

He pointed out that the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) had allocated a generous budget of Rs15, 800 crore for the health sector, but would still need the support of private companies to implement NRHM’s objectives.

National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) is supporting the public blood banks and has commenced a nationwide movement to promote donation of ’safe’ blood, Dr. Debashish Gupta, national programme officer – Blood Safety, NACO, suggested the development of a corpus fund for the adoption of technology of blood processing.