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Updated: December 2, 2009 20:50 IST

Sub-standard blood in two UP blood banks

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Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. File Photo: S.S. Kumar
The Hindu Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. File Photo: S.S. Kumar

Two blood banks in Uttar Pradesh have been found storing sub-standard blood, while show-cause notices have been issued to 40 other such units in the state in the last two months for alleged irregularities, the government said on Tuesday.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, the UP Government has reported that two blood banks located in Kanpur and Lucknow were found storing sub-standard quality blood.

The licence of Lucknow-based Umrai Hospital’s Ashiana Blood Bank has been cancelled, while that of C L Memorial Hospital in Kanpur has been suspended, Mr. Azad informed Rajya Sabha.

In another case, UP Police seized unauthorised blood bags in Lucknow and arrested eight persons in this regard.

“The UP Government has stepped up the number of raids at all blood banks in the state since September 2009. Show-cause notices to 40 blood banks have already been issued,” Mr. Azad said.



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