In a new development, the Directorate of Health Services, Government of Manipur, has approved Blood Storage Centre at district hospital Ukhrul to operate storage of blood.
When the Imphal Free Press enquired, Dr Reisangmi Raikhan, Medical Superintendent (MS) of district hospital Ukhrul on Thursday confirmed that they have obtained all the necessary license to operate one blood storage centre at district hospital Ukhrul with JNIMS, Imphal as its mother blood bank.
"All necessary machines and equipment for it are also now in place and installed. Hopefully by the end of this coming week we can start its full functioning," he added.
It may be mentioned that the certificate of approval to start the blood storage was issued by N Rimotkumar Meetei, Licensing & Controlling Authority, Directorate of Health Services, Manipur on 14 November.
As per the certificate of approval issued by the Directorate of Health Services (drugs control administration), Government of Manipur, one pathologist doctor will be the blood storage centre medical officer (MO) while two technicians will be posted.
The approval which has been in force from 14 November will continue till 13 November, 2024.
The following items have been approved for blood storage centre, district hospital Ukhrul under the supervision of Dr Soreiphy Ruivah, pathologist, as medical officer for whole human blood, IP while Ng Grace Zimik and AS. Wungreiyo will be the blood storage technician.
The blood storage centre would function under the following conditions: The captive consumption of whole human blood and its components in the above stated centre shall not be more than 2000 units annually. In the event of any changes in the technical staff it shall be duly reported to the Licensing Authority (LA).
It continued that in the event of any change in the Mother Blood Centre from whom the blood units are procured, the same shall be intimated to the Licensing Authority (LA) for approval.
The centre shall also apply for renewal of the approval to the Licensing Authority three months prior to the date of expiry of the approval.
It further stated that the centre shall store samples of donor’s blood as well as patient’s samples for a period of seven days after transfusion.
The certificate of approval also maintained that no blood shall be collected from the donors at the blood storage centre under any circumstances.
Cold chain during transportation shall be maintained, while blood and its components shall also be maintained at requisite temperature, it added.