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
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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