The proposal to build a Metro Blood Bank at Sion Hospital has inched forward with the long-standing deadlock between civic administration and Sion hospital doctors getting resolved.
“After a meeting earlier this month, the civic administration decided that the city needs the Metro Blood Bank and it can be built on the Sion hospital premises as it will utilise only 10% of the built up area required for the expansion of the hospital,” said additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.
The proposal will soon be placed before the BMC’s standing committee.
The Centre-funded blood bank will have high-tech facility to allow collection of platelet and other components from blood and will work as both a service centre as well as a referral one.
The city faces an annual deficit of 85,000 units of blood. In 2010, 2,64,000 units were collected as against the demand of 3,50,000 units. Of 2,64,000 units collected in civic blood banks in the city, only 1,97,000 could be broken down into different components due to lack of infrastructure to store and process the blood. “Not only there is a deficit of blood but also in the process of breaking it into components,” said Mhaiskar.