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45 govt blood banks sans licences

IN AN era when HIV is playing havoc with the lives of millions of people worldwide, 45 government blood banks in the state are running without valid licences. The chief secretary and the secretary to the CM know it but they have so far failed to get the issue probed.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 01:20 IST

IN AN era when HIV is playing havoc with the lives of millions of people worldwide, 45 government blood banks in the state are running without valid licences. The chief secretary and the secretary to the CM know it but they have so far failed to get the issue probed.

The State Drug Control Department had refused to renew the licences of the blood banks located on the premises of government hospitals in 45 districts due to their failure to meet the norms under Drugs and Cosmetic Acts. The licences of these blood banks had expired way back between 1996 and 1998.

Despite that all, the 45 blood banks continue the business of blood collection and distribution. More, these blood banks do not have die-electric tube sealer, used to seal the blood bags. Instead they are using staplers to seal the bags.

Even basic instruments like diagnostic kit, air conditioners and refrigerators are not available in the blood banks. The danger of the blood getting contaminated or decomposed are real, say sources.

State drug controller Sadguru Prasad says several reminders have been sent to the chief medical superintendents (CMS) of all the district hospitals directing them to equip the blood banks according to the guidelines mentioned in the Drug Act. But the CMS have passed the buck to the director general, Medical Health.

The CMSs have informed the Drug Controller that they have written to the DG to release fund to purchase the required articles, but in vain. “We are left with no other option but to permit the blood banks to function on humanitarian ground,” Prasad said.

Recently the Drug Inspectors along with officials of Central Drug Standardisation Control Organisation had inspected blood banks in Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Barielly, Muzaffarnagar, Agra, Ghaziabad, Aazamgarh, Faizabad etc.

They found all the essential instruments missing. Also, they found that the record of blood bags stored and issued to the patients was not being maintained by the banks. The government blood banks were being virtually run on ad-hoc basis, the official said.

“We have informed the chief secretary and secretary to the Chief Minister about the condition of the government blood banks months back,” the officials said adding, “We hope that measures would be taken soon”.