No blood bank to levy charge for donating blood: Commissioner


By A O News Service

ITANAGAR | Mar 30 | Trend setter Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS), which had launched its ‘Save life mission’ on 26.11.08 by founder Ramesh Jeke, inked a record again with state’s health commissioner Kaling Tayeng issuing an 23.05.17 order directed: “The blood units subject to availability shall be provided free of cost by all blood banks to all categories of patients. No processing charges shall be levied for providing blood by any blood bank except R K Masson Hospital”.

“All blood donors should be provided with refreshment post donation (usually during blood donation camps),” the order added.

It would be worth mentioning here that state blood transfusion council (SBTC) deputy director Dr Nabam Budh played a vital role in convincing the commissioner on the issue following numerous complaints by blood receivers against levy of charges by the blood banks.

Tayeng took note of suggestions of Dr Budh and Jeke and issued the order forthwith toeing the GoAP policy that attaches zero tolerance to health sector.

It may be recalled here that the AVYS has so far facilitated collection of around 49,456 blood units voluntarily  through 58 camps all over the state and saved about 20,000 lives including 2,300 on calls from hospitals, putting Arunachal at a higher pedestal on voluntary donation that had prompted the Union Health Ministry, NACO & NBTC to confer Award of Excellence-2016 on the GoAP.

Jeke complained that most of the GoAP hospital never provide refreshment to the donors. Thus, the commissioner in another circular same day directed DMOs, medical superintendents and MOs of all GoAP hospitals including Naharlagun’s TRIHMS chief medical superintendent that “no donor should be allowed to leave the blood bank without refreshment”.

“Any shortfall of kits/reagents and consumables will be managed by the hospitals”, said the order issued by Tayeng, who is also SBTC chairman.

While Jeke was discussing the latest development with AVYS adviser Pradeep Kumar, a call came seeking AB+tve blood for a youth who used an explosive while catching fish in a river in Jote area that exploded by mistake and regrettably his one hand got detached. He was rushed to RKM Hospital here. However, Jeke  spoke to Karjo Basar who immediately rushed to RKMH to donate the rare group of blood.

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