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Info on Blood Banks to Go Online

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Now, seeking availability of blood in any blood bank is soon going to be a single click away.

The state government of Orissa will launch e-governance of blood banks from Saturday. This will help people in accessing information about the availability of blood in any blood bank of the state from a website or through an SMS or a call to a toll free number. The 80 blood banks, including 56 banks of the Indian Red Cross Society, will be connected online with real time information on availability in various banks, said the official. National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) is funding the project.

“It will be a great step. One can easily find out the blood availability anywhere during an emergency situation and a better knowledge about the daily need of blood,” said Dr Bhubanendra Maharana, blood bank officer of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.

At present, if attendants of a patient don't find blood of a particular group in a particular bank, they have to check with others individually, which is a lengthy process in an emergency situation. The project will also help central monitoring of blood quality. “We can keep track if mandatory testing are being done at blood banks,” said Mangala Prasad Mohanty, honorary secretary of Indian Red Cross Society, state branch. Among other things, major blood banks will have close circuit cameras to monitor activities on their premises, he said.

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