SBTA warns CMCH against public complaints

September 22, 2015 Off By Web Desk

LARKANA: The Provincial Program Manager, Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA), Karachi, Dr Zahid Hussain Ansari, has warned Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, against public complaints and monitoring reports from Focal Person that “Blood Bank is not working satisfactorily, has unhygienic atmosphere, is not following standard operating procedures (SPO), the staff is mostly absent from duty and screening methods are not adopted in accordance with SBTA & WHO approved standards”. He has further alleged that monthly screening reports for January to August 2015 have also not been submitted.

Dr Ansari warned to improve service to provide the safe blood to ward and OPD patients and situation must be discussed in Hospital Transfusion Committee meetings which are held every month under the chairmanship of the Medical Superintendent.

The SBTA Provincial Program Manager further said that equipment of HBBB, which were supplied by KFW and installed in the blood bank, could not be utilized properly as 60% of them remain utilized.

In this connection, it is learnt that CMCH authorities have opened a new Blood Bank at Thalassemia Center where approximately 690 patients have so far been registered belonging to many districts of upper Sindh and SBTA letter is referring to this blood bank. These poor Thalassemia patients are being provided free of cost screened blood which has reduced the burden of extra cost which was incurred by their parents in the past as they used to purchase unscreened blood from private blood banks due to which patients were mostly infected with other deadly diseases. The blood bank is unregistered for which forms are under preparation to get it registered with SBTA. A branch of this blood bank has also been opened in Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women.

The SBTA authorities will have to carry out constant surprise raids over registered and unregistered blood banks operating in Kambar-Shahdadkot and Larkana districts without fear of law to stop spread of notorious diseases to save poor populace.