Regional blood transfusion centres to be made operational soon


KARACHI: The construction work of four Regional Blood Transfusion Centers (RBTCs) in Sindh province has almost been completed and these centres will be made operational within two to three months, PPI learned on Thursday.

An official of provincial health department said that the construction work of four regional blood transfusion centres has almost completed in the province and recruitment for these centres will start through proper channel very soon to make these centres operational.

The establishment of four regional blood transfusion centres had been planned about four year ago with the financial assistance of Germany- GIZ and KFW (German development bank) with cost Rs 577.500 million.

The construction work of four regional blood transfusion centres at Karachi, Jamshoro, Nawabshah and Sukkur in final phase and all is set to make these centres operational soon.

He informed that RBTC buildings in Karachi, Jamshoro, Nawabshah and Sukkur will be handed over to the provincial health department within a month. He said provincial health department will announce recruitment of staff for the centres soon.

The centres would mobilise voluntary blood donors and conduct processing, screening, testing, component preparation and storage of blood. The four RBTCs would cover the entire province once they made functional.

He informed that a regional blood transfusion centre would be linked with six hospital-based blood banks (HBBBs). He said in Karachi RBTC has been constructed in Qatar Hospital in Orangi which will have the capacity of 50,000 blood bags while the capacity in other RBTCs would be 20,000 blood bags.

Secretary Health Sindh Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo was not available comment despite several attempts.

On the other hand, Provincial Program Manager & Secretary Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA) Dr Zahid Hasan Ansari, when contacted, told PPI that the construction work of four regional blood transfusion centres is in final phase and centralized blood banking system will be introduced in Sindh province soon with completion of these centres.

He said aim of introducing centralized blood banking system is to bring blood banks standard as per international level and also ensure supply of safe blood transfusion facilities across the province.