24 December 2008
The Union health ministry has approved the Pimpri–Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) plan to set up a centre for separation of blood components at the civicbody run Talera hospital. This centre will be a great boon for those suffering from dengue.
Pimpri–Chinchwad mayor Aparna Doke said that the blood component separation centre will be inaugurated by district guardian minister Ajit Pawar in January.
Nagkumar Kunchagi, chief medical officer (CMO), said that the separation centre will enable the hospital to treat dengue patients and provide blood components such as platelets to patients.
Kunchagi said that director general of health services (DGHS), Ministry of health and family welfare has sent a letter, approving the renewal of licence of PCMC’s Krantiveer Chapekar Bandhu Blood Bank located at Talera hospital from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2012 and setting up of the centre for blood component separation at this blood bank.
The approval letter stated that the blood bank should not collect blood from paid donors. It should carry out the test for unexpected antibodies on whole human blood, validate the equipment used in the collection and process and testing, maintain records, carry out quality control test on blood grouping reagents and kits, and store the blood samples of donors as well as recipient for a period of seven days after transfusion.
The blood bank will be inspected periodically by a team that includes the state licensing authority and an expert. The report will be forwarded to the DGHS.
Meanwhile, the PCMC has issued show cause notices to around 100 builders for not taking measures to prevent breeding of mosquitoes at their construction sites. The health department had been criticised by the elected representatives as well as various political parties for the high number of dengue cases in Pimpri–Chinchwad this year. In this backdrop, the PCMC’s health department launched the drive to find mosquito breeding places at construction sites.