Blood transfusion services to be transformed on modern lines

LAHORE: Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah has said that with a view to provide healthy and screened blood to patients, blood transfusion services in the teaching hospitals would be transformed on modern lines.

He said a pilot project would be taken up at Jinnah Hospital in this regard.

He said this while presiding over a meeting for taking initiatives for modernization of blood transfusion service in the teaching hospitals. Experts from PITB, IBTS, Additional Secretary Health (Tech) Dr. Salman Shahid, MS Jinnah Hospital Dr Sohail Saqlain and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

The secretary said that after completion of pilot project in the Jinnah Hospital it would be extended to other teaching hospitals of Lahore as well as in the province. It was decided that the process of blood collection, testing, storage would be linked with clinical wards of the hospital through an IT based system which would be put in place.

He also directed the experts of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Institute of Blood Transfusions (IBTS) to visit Jinnah Hospital and prepare an activity chart with work flow by assigning responsibilities to the relevant staff.