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Free of cost blood in Punjab hospitals from today

In case of the road accidents or the patients who are undergoing surgeries, blood is the first important requirement, said the minister.

IANS Edited by: IANS
New Delhi Updated on: January 01, 2019 7:27 IST
Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra
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Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra

In government hospitals across Punjab, blood will be provided free of cost from Tuesday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra said on Monday.

As part of the state government's mission 'Tandarust Punjab', across the state, all the government hospitals will provide blood and blood components free of cost to patients.

"Not only shall be blood provided free of cost, it will also be ensured that the blood is available round the clock in all the hospitals," the Minister said in a statement.

Earlier patients had to pay processing charges of Rs 300 per unit of blood in civil hospitals and Rs 500 per unit in government medical colleges.

"From now, blood and blood components like packed RBC, fresh frozen plasma, cryoprecipitate, platelets rich plasma and platelet concentrate will be given free of cost to all the patients," he said.

In case of the road accidents or the patients who are undergoing surgeries, blood is the first important requirement, said the minister.

There are a total of 116 blood banks in Punjab, out of which 46 are being operated by the government, six by the Army and 64 others being run by private entities, said Mohindra.

2.26 lakh units of blood were collected by government blood banks, in the last few years, the minister informed. He added that to streamline health services, the Punjab government has launched a web portal 'E-Raktkosh' to facilitate the availability of blood.

This web facility would be a guiding source for all the needy persons to check the availability of a particular blood group and blood components and its quantity in a particular blood bank, he added.

(With IANS inputs)

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