Model blood bank a boon for the region

Staff Reporter

Ruia one of the ten hospitals in the country to get the state-of-the-art facility

Union government provides Rs.60 lakh under NACO for the blood bank

TIRUPATI: The ‘model blood bank’ coming up in the S.V. Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital (SVRRGGH) here is expected to become a major life-saver and a boon for the impoverished lot of Rayalaseema region.

Ruia is one of the ten hospitals in the country to get the state-of-the-art facility and the fourth in South India, the others being in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram. While the district’s requirement is 12,000 bottles/bags of blood per year, the hospital plans for collection in three stages viz., 10,000 bottles in the first year, 15,000 bottles in the second year and 20,000 in the third year.

“The Union government has provided Rs.60 lakh under National AIDS Control Programme (NACO) for this model blood bank, under which costly equipment like donor couch, blood mixer, tube sealer, refrigerated centrifuge, laminar flow bench, plasma expresser, cryobath, thawing bath, platelet incubator and agitator, deep freezer, cell separator, hematology analyzer, irradiator, cell washer etc. are proposed to be procured,” says Member of Parliament Chinta Mohan, who was instrumental in bagging the project for Tirupati. The recurring expenditure is expected to be to the tune of above Rs.25 lakh per annum.

While the TTD wanted to start a sophisticated blood bank at Ruia on its own, in view of the growing requirement and even got a resolution passed at its board meeting sometime back, Dr. Mohan got this one sanctioned by the government of India, thus avoiding the use of the devotees’ precious offerings into the temple ‘Hundi’. The facility will provide employment to 20 persons, apart from sanction of a position of Medical Director.

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