Odisha Health Minister Flags Off Mobile Blood Collection Van At Balijatra

19 November 2019

Bikash Sharma

Cuttack:  Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kisore Das inaugurated a Mobile Blood Collection Van (MBCV) at the "Jeevan Bindu' stall in the Bali Jatra Grounds here today.

"This is part of Chief Minister's mission-healthcare for all in Odisha. In the first phase, we have procured seven such vans. Odisha government has procured these vans at a cost of Rs 75 lakh each," said Das.

"This one is for Cuttack, few other districts have been provided with these vans. Remaining districts will be provided in the second phase," he added.

Former Barabati-Cuttack MLA and BJD leader Debashish Samantaray said that this van will travel to all places directly to the doorsteps of those who would wish to donate blood in the district.

Cuttack District Collector Bhabani Shankar Chaini, SCB Medical College & Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Saroj Kanta Sahoo, Odisha Workers’ Welfare Board Chairman Subash Singh among others were present on the occasion.     

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.

In order to fulfill the above concerns as many as seven MBCVs have been procured and will be provided to the blood banks at  VIMSAR Burla, MKCG MCH, Berhampur, SLN MCH, Koraput, PRM MCH Baripada, BB MCH Bolangir, FM MCH, Balasore in the first phase.

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 sources said.

Naba Kisore Das, Minister, Health, Odisha

Debashish Samantaray, Former Barabati-Cuttack BJD MLA