KP to establish BTA to avoid blood transfusion diseases

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Staff Reporter

Peshawar—The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has passed Blood Transfusion Safety Authority Bill, 2016 aimed to regulate blood collection, its testing, processing, storage, distribution and issuance of blood and its products at public and private hospitals.
The law will safeguard people against spread of infections by ensuring safe use of blood and its products including plasma, free from viruses of HIV, Hepatitis B and C and other infective agents.
According to government statistics, it is estimated that every 13th Pakistani is infected with either the hepatitis B or C virus, adding up to about 15 million people carrying the potentially deadly pathogens.
Unsafe blood transfusions also put at risk individuals who require the procedure frequently, such as patients of thalassaemia, a genetic blood disorder not uncommon in Pakistan.
Under the law, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will soon establish a corporate body with the name of KP Blood Transfusion Authority to regulate all aspects of blood transfusion and ensure that process related to collection, testing of human blood and blood components and their preparation, storage, distribution, issuance and administration are undertaken only by blood banks or regional blood centers.
Additionally, it shall be the responsibility of every physician, surgeon and other relevant staff to ensure that blood and blood components being transfused are certified as safe blood by a registered or licensed Blood Bank or Regional Blood Centre; ensure rational clinical use of blood and blood components through their hospital transfusion committees and all process performed at hospital level in relation to transfusion therapy are documented.