Odisha: Guidelines Issued For Reconstitution Of Executive Panel Of Blood Banks

20 December 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: For efficient management of blood banks in the State, the Odisha government has decided to reconstitute their Executive Committees.

The State government has informed Collectors of all districts of its in-principle decision in this regard, said an official press release issued here today.

As per the guidelines issued by PK Meherda, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department in this connection, Collectors of the concerned district shall remain as Chairperson of the district-level blood bank management committees.

Similarly, for sub-divisional-level blood banks and Community Health Centre (CHC) level blood banks respectively Sub Collectors and Tehsildars shall be nominated as Chairpersons.

Besides, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) shall remain vice-chairperson of district-level blood banks, Sub-Divisional Medical Officer at the sub-division-level and Medical Officer-Incharge at CHC level and Blood Bank Officers of the concerned banks shall remain as convenors.

Further, Chairperson of the urban local body, a woman representative who is a regular blood donor and District Programme Manager (DPM) of National Health Mission (NHM) shall be members of the blood bank management committees.

This apart, the Chairperson will nominate five persons from those who regularly organize blood donation camps, motivate people for voluntary blood donation etc. as members to the management committees.

The new management committees will look into various aspects as the State government has been emphasizing transparency in blood collection, preservation, distribution, etc.

These management committees shall meet at least twice in a year and send the proceedings of the meetings to the State Blood Transfusion Council.

Health & Family Welfare department has issued orders to Blood Bank Officers as convenors to immediately take steps for the constitution of full-fledged management committees.

It’s worthwhile to mention here that earlier blood banks in medical colleges and government hospitals were managed by Redcross. Currently, barring the Central Blood Bank at Cuttack, all other blood banks in government hospitals and medical colleges are being managed by the State government.