In order to provide a central point for processing of blood and their supply, a Metro Blood Bank is going to be launched in Chennai very soon. A state-of-the-art facility will coordinate with other health centres and will provide blood to the needy.
The announcement was made by the Health Minister, C Vijayabhaskar in a blood donation camp held at Omandurar government multi-speciality hospital. The event was organised to mark World Blood Donor Day.
The Minister said, “State will be able to meet emergency blood needs as we have sanctioned an amount of `213 crores for establishing Metro Blood Bank in Chennai. The blood bank will be launched soon”.
Moreover, Delhi will also be witnessing another Metro Blood Bank soon, which is being set up by the Union Government.
Though Chennai has a network of 273 licensed blood banks, metro blood bank will facilitate blood transfusion services. It will cater to the people with genetic conditions, injuries, cancer and blood-related disorders. The centre will also manage supply in time of disaster and the Institute will provide training to professionals in transfusion medicine.
Meanwhile, various hospitals across the state conducted several blood donation camps with Kilpauk Medical Hospital collecting 300 units.
Dean of Rajiv Gandhi Government Multispeciality Hospital, Narayana Babu said, “In all, 245 volunteers donated blood at the hospital, whereas other camps had around 80-100 volunteers”.