Plea in SC highlights need for an increase in Blood Banks in India
The Association of Rural Surgeons of India has filed a plea in the Supreme Court highlighting the access of blood transfusions to those lives are at risk in emergency health situations. In its plea, the association has sought directions to strengthen and regulate blood banks and blood storage units across India, especially in the priority districts under Categories A, B and C as identified by the National AIDS Control Programme – III (NACP III) under the National Aids Control Organization (NACO). The plea also seeks directions from the Centre for setting up Blood banks in all District Hospitals in compliance with National Blood Policy and the NBTC Guidelines, 2007. These banks, the association says, must be fully fed through non- remunerative blood donation with monthly calendar with effective propagation of Blood Donation Camps.