Blood component separation unit opened in Fort town
Lok Sabha member Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi on Thursday inaugurated a blood component separation unit at Maharaja District Government Hospital here. Andhra Pradesh AIDS Control Society had released Rs. 50 lakhs and the MP released Rs. 15 lakhs from the Constituency Development Fund for the unit. With its inauguration, blood samples of patients affected by dengue, haemophilia, blood cancer, and acute anaemic can be tested.
Further, red blood cells in rare blood groups can also be separated and preserved for at least five years and also prevent complications arising at the time of blood transfusion.
Blood samples are being sent till date to Visakhapatnam for testing.
People in the district and neighbouring districts can use the facility.
Dr. Jhansi Lakshmi appealed to people to donate blood to save lives of the needy patients. A blood donor could save lives of four persons. Saying that number of HIV/AIDS cases in the district are high, the MP said that she would request the Centre to sanction Rs.3.50crore for setting up PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) centre, a technology used for amplifying DNA sequences, here.
Later, she called on patients and enquired about their health condition. Hospital Superintendent K. Sitarama Raju, Hospital Services Coordinator B. Vijaya Lakshmi and others were present.