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‘Blood On Call’

The Public Health Department of Maharashtra government has initiated a noble project ‘Jeevan Amrut Seva (Blood on Call)’ on pilot basis to make available blood to needy patients on time

‘Blood On Call’Mumbai: The Public Health Department of Maharashtra government has initiated a noble project ‘Jeevan Amrut Seva (Blood on Call)’ on pilot basis to make available blood to needy patients on time. The pilot project will first start in Satara and Sindhudurg district followed by other districts, once successful. The Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated project at J J City Blood Bank on Tuesday, informed Health Minister Suresh Shetty.

Availability of blood and its transportation are commonly experienced problems in rural areas. This project is conceptualized to solve these issues. The mock test of this project was conducted in last week when 27 calls were received from all over the State.

The project has hotline number ‘104’. The call center with 10 phone lines and staff working in two shifts is set up in Pune. The call center will enquire about district and blood group requisition of a caller and inform the officers at government blood banks in respective districts. A special organization is set up in each district for this particular project. They will be provided Rs 16000 to travel upto 3000 kms to supply blood.

In Mumbai, JJ City Blood Bank, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Railway Hospital at Byculla and Mumbai Port Trust are selected for the project. In the next phase, this service will be available at Bhabha Hospital at Kurla, ESIC Hospital in Mulund, Sub-District hospital in Malad Malvani, Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali and Vasai Corporation Hospital as well, informed Dr Sanjay Jadhav, Associate Director of the Health Department.

Depending on the response to this project, various components of blood will also be made available in future, he said.

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