Odisha Health Minister Flags Off Mobile Blood Collection Van

22 October 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das inaugurated Mobile Blood Collection Van (MBCV) here today.

The Minister also flagged off four Mobile Eye Care Units one each for the districts of Khurda, Ganjam, Jharsuguda, and Sundergarh under the Sunetra scheme of the State government.

Through this programme, the State Government aims at achieving the target of universal eye health care by 2023.

Ten such units are already in operation in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, and Gajapati,  an official of the Health & Family Welfare department said.

The concept of MBCV has been introduced in order to increase the voluntary blood collection in remote areas, where no proper infrastructure is available to conduct a voluntary blood donation camp, keeping in view proper comfort to the donors, safe storage and transportation of the collected blood units, said the official.

In order to fulfill the above concerns as many as nine MBCVs have been procured and will be provided to the blood banks at SCB MCH, Cuttack, VIMSAR Burla, MKCG MCH, Berhampur, SLN MCH, Koraput, PRM MCH Baripada, BB MCH Bolangir, FM MCH, Balasore, DHH Bargarh and RGH, Rourkela, the official added.

The official further said that these vehicles are equipped with all necessary equipment and instruments which will be used for collection storage and transportation of blood bags in periphery areas.

It may be mentioned here that 56 Government Blood Banks including one Central Red Cross Blood Bank at Cuttack are functional in the State with an objective to make safe blood available and accessible to all patients in need. The total blood collection for the year 2018 in the State was 4,55,060 units out of which 2,92,171 units are from voluntary sources, the official said.

Naba Kisore Das, Minister, H & FW, Odisha