Revamping Of Punjab Institute of Blood Transfusion Services on Cards


Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid pledged to develop Punjab Institute of Blood Transfusion Services in a meeting at the Specialized Health and Medical Education Department here on Monday. Present on the occasion were Special Secretary SH&ME Department Ajmal Bhatti, Professor Javed Chaudhry and officials of the Punjab Institute of Blood Transfusion Services. The Health Minister reviewed performance of the Institute and measures for improvement. The Health Minister said, “The Institute of Blood Transfusion Services shall be completely revamped and developed on modern lines. The idea behind this revamping is to improve the quality of services rendered by the Institute. New staff has been hired at vacant positions for enhanced performance and training of the new staff shall be organized very soon. In the next phase, the capacity of regional blood centers shall be scaled up. Regional Centers have been set up at Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur. All Teaching Hospitals of Punjab have blood separation facility available. Currently Blood Banks are operational in 27 DHQs and 134 THQs. We are upgrading the blood screening from ICT to CLIA Technology. We need to strengthen coordination between Primary and Secondary healthcare Department and the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department to boost the capacity of blood banks. The objective of these measures to ensure safe blood transfusion system in the province.”