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Punjab Health Minister Orders to Make Regional Blood Banks Functional

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LAHORE– Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid has ordered to make three new regional blood banks fully functional. The Minister gave these directions while chairing a meeting of the Institute of Blood Transfusion Services Punjab at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Wednesday.

Present on the occasion were Special Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Silwat Saeed, Additional Secretary Development Dr. Asif Tufail, Additional Secretary (Technical) Dr. Salman Shahid, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Professor Amir Zaman Khan, Secretary Blood Transfusion Authority Punjab Ms. Shahnaz Naeem, Dr. Shahid Mahmood and other officers.

The Health Minister reviewed performance of the Institute of Blood Transfusion Services Punjab as well.
The Health Minister said, “We are reviewing the performance of all blood banks of Punjab.

Training courses of Hematologists must soon begin in Punjab. I have asked secretary Blood Transfusion Authority to visit all blood banks and share report on their performance. The blood banks of Mayo and General Hospitals have been upgraded whereas new blood bank has been set up in Faisalabad. Hiring must be made on vacant positions in the blood banks.

Training sessions for hematologists are about to be started. SOPs are being strictly implemented for safe transfusion of blood. The recommendations of Vice Chancellor Faisalabad Medical University Professor Dr. Zafar Chaudhry must be incorporated for improved strategies. Registration of all blood banks is being ensured and action will be taken against unregistered blood banks.— HANDOUT