Impressed by Karnataka's system of online availability of blood units,the state government would also launch a similar website in Punjab, through which consumers could get the required blood unit on a minimal price just by logging in the website.
Stating this, chief parliamentary secretary (CPS), family and health welfare Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was here on Wednesday, to attend the state-level "national voluntary blood donation day" function, said that to break the nexus of selling blood units at high rates, the government will soon launch a website.
Navjot Kaur said that, despite the availability of blood units, the needy could not get blood on time due to high rates demanded by some 'fraud' people, a network of blood donors would be created online.
"I have forwarded the proposal to Dr Harsh Vardhan, union minister of family and health welfare, to launch the website and the file is already with him. Hopefully, soon we will get permission to launch the website," she said.
She said that the website would make available a network of blood donors and the needy people could get the required blood units of any group from the nearest possible place through courier at a minimal price.
Dr Husan Lal, director of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), stated that after the success of providing health facilities in rural areas, the government would launch 23 air-conditioned kiosk dispensaries in different cities under the Urban Health Mission.
"The purpose to launch these dispensaries is that people in slum areas could avail medicines during emergency times as, sometimes, they don't have a vehicle to approach the civil hospital," he said.
Meanwhile, more than 150 people donated blood during the function organised by the Punjab health department and the Human Rights Press Club.
Nearly 37 blood donation clubs, non-government organizations, which had collected more than 500 blood units each and 50 individuals, who had donated blood for more than 50 times, were honoured at the function.
Representatives of the blood donation clubs created a ruckus at the function over the alleged mismanagement in organising the function. They complained that organisers had invited them at 9am, while the function started at 1pm. "Moreover, they don't reserve seats for the NGOs, which were supposed to be honoured. They are not asked for even a single glass of water," said Vitin Puri, a representative from Hindustan Welfare Blood Donors Club.