Odisha Govt Initiates Steps To Stem Blood Bank Rot

**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha Government on Friday initiated steps to heal the maladies plaguing the blood banks across the state.

Chairing a review meeting at the State Secretariat here flanked by Health Secretary Arati Ahuja, Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak took stock of the situation.

Talking to media after the meeting, the Health Minister said that a slew of measures have been undertaken to strengthen the 57 blood banks across the state and also the blood banks at the three medical college and hospitals.

It has been decided that very soon the vacant posts of laboratory technicians and data operators, around 120 and 60 each, will be filled up from the National Health Mission funds, the Minister said.

As per Central Government guidelines, the State Government should initiate actions against the blood bank authorities for any omission and commission, he added.

For the smooth functioning of the blood banks, management committees are mandatory headed by the District Collectors at the district level and Sub-Collector at the sub-divisional levels for which strict instructions have been issued, the Minister informed adding, another mandatory committee headed by the medical superintendents of the medical colleges and CDMO, ADMO at the district and sub-divisional levels should look after the blood transfusion issues.

The Health Minister also informed that Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned by the State Government for development of the blood banks, especially for procuring equipment.

In the second phase Rs 16 crore will also be allocated for the development of blood banks, he quipped.