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Bihar opening 68 blood storage centres to save precious lives

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PATNA: A state government in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has planned to set up 68 blood storage centres to check human deaths caused due to non-supply of blood on time. Such centres to be set up in the first referral units will get functional by the end of the current year.

Authorities said these blood centres would be opened in districts like Patna, Bhojpur, Nalanda, Rohtas, Buxur, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur. The Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL) has been shouldered with the responsibility to ensure functioning of these centres.

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The state has a total number of 149 first referral units where round-the-clock treatment facilities are available. Of them, only 66 units have the facilities for caesarian operation of delivery patients and other surgeries. In such a situation, the critical patients admitted to the remaining units for treatment are normally referred to the district hospital for treatment. Reports say quite many patients die on way to hospital for want of timely arrangement of blood. The opening of the blood storage centres in the first referral units, thus, will indeed save many lives, officials say.

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“The efforts to set up blood storage centres have already begun. Close to Rs 300,000 will be spent on opening each centre,” state programme officer Phuleshwar Jha said.

Road accidents and delivery operations have been causing huge number of deaths in Bihar every year. According to a report of the Transport Research Wing of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, around 150,000 road accidents have been taking place in the country every year. Of them, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala,Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar account for 88.4 percent of all road accidents in India.

Likewise, around 6,500 maternal deaths are reported every year from Bihar, according to a survey conducted by Unicef, Bihar Voluntary Health Association and Bihar State Health Society. The study which was conducted in 38 blocks of Gaya and Purnia districts, said lack of blood at health centres accounted for referrals of 49 of mothers who ultimately died in course of shifting process.

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