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Blood storage centres proposed for distant clinics

A proposal for these centres has been sent to the Centre for approval under National Rural Health Mission.

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Lucknow | Published: May 21, 2013 1:10:32 am

In order to provide facilities for blood storage in all the first referral units (FRUs) of Uttar Pradesh — which provide round-the-clock services for pregnant women including the facility for surgery and C-section deliveries in far-flung areas of the district — the state government is planning to establish blood storage centres at FRUs. A proposal for these centres has been sent to the Centre for approval under National Rural Health Mission.

As of now,most of the 151 FRUs of the state are running in far flung areas of the districts. There were,however,no facilities for blood storage in most of these centres and blood had to be arranged from nearest district hospitals. With the availability of blood,the department expects to strengthen the surgery facilities available at these units. For this,the state government has proposed for a budgetary provision of Rs 5.36 crore. Once the infrastructure for these centres is developed,the department will also have to take the approval from Food and Drug Administration.

Further,as per the directives of the Allahabad High Court,the government had to establish blood banks in all the districts of the state. Accordingly,the Health Department has proposed to establish blood banks in the four newly constructed districts of the state,including Amethi,Shamli,Hapur and Sambhal. The high court had also directed the state government to establish blood component separator units (used to separate platelets and plasma from whole human blood) in every district in a phased manner. A total of 27 such units are functional in the state now while the department has proposed to establish 20 others in 2013-14,for which the state has proposed a budget of Rs 19 crore.

Due to lack of manpower in the already established blood banks and blood component separation units,many such centres are unable to deliver because of which even voluntary blood donation has fallen from 69 per cent to 64 per cent.

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