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Odisha announces financial aid for chronic blood disorder patients

Bhubaneswar, October 13, 2017: Maintaining that the State Government is committed to ensure easy accessibility of adequate quantity of safe and quality blood to all sections of the community, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an assistance of Rs 500 per month to the patients with blood disorders towards their transportation cost for blood transfusion.

“I am happy to announce that the State Government will provide an assistance of Rs 500 per month to the patients with blood disorders towards their transportation cost for blood transfusion. As you know, the State Government also provides free blood to the patients with blood disorders,” said Patnaik. 

The travel cost per month will be given for patients of chronic blood disorders such as thalassemia, haemophilia and sickle for blood transfusion in hospitals. 

Patnaik was gracing the Voluntary Blood Donation Day-2017. 

The State Government has adopted latest technology for screening of blood on a pilot basis for six Blood Banks at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur and Burla, said Patnaik.

“The expenditure involved in the NAT/PCR screening procedure   is borne by the State Government. We are spending Rs 12 Crore annually for screening blood.  With success, this will be implemented in all the major blood banks of the State,” said Patnaik.

Informing that the State has 14 blood component separation units (BCSU) in the State, including the private units to prepare components of blood for the optimal use of this scarce drug and  avoid unnecessary transfusion, Patnaik said seven more BCSUs will be opened at seven places Balasore, Baripada, Keonjhar, Koraput, Baragarh, Bolangir and Rourkela.

The State Government is also planning to open four BCSUs at Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal, Phulbani and Bhawanipatana in next year, added Patnaik.

The Government has linked all the Blood banks of the State with National Institute of Biologicals, Noida for Hemo-Vigilance programme for ensuring blood safety. 

“The State Government has many proposals in the pipeline to improve the Blood Transfusion Service in the State. These  include Provision  of Nine Blood  Collection  Vans to nine major blood banks, Automation of blood grouping  and cross matching  in the blood banks collecting 1,0000 units of blood per annum, Increase in the number of PG seats  in  Transfusion medicine in SCB Medical College Cuttack, Opening of day care center at Balasore, Kandhamal  and Rourkela  for Blood disorder patients,” said Patnaik.


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