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Blood gadget for hospital

Gaya, July 2: A fresh initiative has been taken to set up blood component separation unit at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH), a mandatory requirement for running medical postgraduate classes.

Earlier, too, there was a proposal to open a blood component separation unit at ANMCH and the United Nations Office for Project Services (Unops), a unit of World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) had made available several necessary equipment. But owing to lack of space to house blood component separation unit, the equipment was shifted to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS)-Patna in September 2012.

ANMCH superintendent Sudhir Kumar Sinha has identified a building on the medical college campus to set up the blood component separation unit. He has written a letter to the public works department (PWD) building construction division executive director to prepare an estimate for renovation of the building.

The superintendent said he had written a letter to the PWD executive engineer in April this year requesting to prepare an estimate and start the work by seeking approval of the district magistrate. However, no step could be initiated from the PWD so far.

“There was a model code of conduct owing to the elections and thereafter district magistrate Balamurugan D. was transferred. I will again request the PWD executive engineer to seek approval from the new district magistrate, Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, so that the work could be started,” the superintendent said today.

Health department principal secretary Deepak Kumar has given nod to open the blood component separation unit here and the work would be expedited once the building is renovated. “Not only the blood component separation unit but the existing blood bank would be shifted to the renovated building,” he said.

Earlier, Unops had made available the necessary equipment, including two refrigerated centrifuge, two blood bank refrigerators, one deep freezer each of minus 80 and minus 40 degrees Celsius and one platelet agitator and incubator for the blood component separation unit in May 2009. Only one cell counter and one laminar air-flow bench had to be made available.

But after the order of then principal secretary, the health department equipment, except the platelet agitator and incubator were shifted to IGIMS on September 30, 2012. Now, all these equipment would have to be made available here. “However, it would be premature to say whether the state health society or Unops will make available the equipment,” the superintendent said.

Naseem Ahmad, in-charge of existing blood bank on ANMCH campus told The Telegraph that components of blood like plasma, packed red blood cell (PRBC) and the platelets could be separated out from whole blood according to demand. In certain cases, only platelets are required for a dengue patient or in bleeding disorder patients.