Karachi: The draft amendments suggested for Sindh Blood Transfusion Act 2014 has been finalized and will be presented in Sindh Assembly for approval soon, reliable sources on Wednesday.
The source said recommendations suggested for new Sindh Blood Transfusion Act 2014 include Rs 0.5 million fine and three-year imprisonment on violators of Act. The crime should be considered non-billable. The blood banks would be divided in three categories and number of authorities would also be increased from 13 to 18. The hospital, healthcare centre would be sealed where illegal blood bank is established without permission from authority concerned.
They said blood banks have been divided in three categories including regional blood centre (Central Blood Banks), blood banks established in hospitals and registered blood banks.
The regional blood centre would be established at district level and regional blood bank will provide bloods to only registered small blood banks as per requirement. The regional blood centre would also ensure screening of blood. The basic aim of introducing centralized blood banks system is to further improve the performance of blood banks in province and to ensure supply of safe blood to patients, sources added.
Second category of blood banks established in hospitals would only perform two responsibilities under new policy including storage and supply of blood, while the responsibilities of third category blood banks would be same as second category in nature.
Secretary Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA), Dr Zahid Ansari, when contacted, said amendments in Sindh Blood Transfusion Act 2014 has been finalized and the bill would be presented in Sindh Assembly for approval. He said draft of bill has also been sent to health ministry for approval. He said aim of introducing new bill in Sindh province is to improve the blood transfusion procedure and promote the voluntarily blood donation culture.
He said necessary amendments have been made in SBTA laws under the vision of health minister Sindh and secretary health to ensure safe supply of blood transfusion in future in Sindh province. He said it was also recommended in new Act to increase the number of authority members from 13 to 18. He said representative of Sindh police has also been given place as authority member.
He said all healthcare institutions and representatives of blood banks have also been taken on board in drafting of Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority Bill 2014. He hoped that Act would be presented in Sindh Assembly floor for approval soon.
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