170 illegal blood banks sealed in four years

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Staff Reporter

Karachi—Sindh health department has in a crackdown against illegal blood banks closed 170 illegal blood banks during past 4 years while 26 illegal blood banks were shut in 2015. Sindh health minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said told a meeting held at his office Monday.
Secretary health Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnijo and Secretary Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA) Dr Zahid Ansari also attended the meeting.
The Health Minister was informed in the meeting that presently 157 registered blood banks were functioning in the province, out of which 43 were under government.
Health Minister directed Secretary SBTA to make the registration criteria strict.
Transparency should be maintained because it was the matter of human lives and credentials of pathologists and other staff working at blood banks must be verified.
Dr Zahid Ansari while briefing the minister informed that the registration fee had been increased and now it was Rs.30 thousands while renewal fee was Rs.10 thousands.
The meeting was told that there were 85 blood banks in Karachi while 72 blood banks were functioning in other districts of Sindh.
Dahar directed DHOs and director health to coordinate with SBTA and to take action against illegal blood banks.
“Provision of safe blood is the responsibility of Sindh health department. Supplier of illegal and unsafe blood is a crime against humanity and timely action can curb them and we have to come up to the expectations of the people” added the minister. Secretary SBTA Dr. Zahid Ansari presented annual performance report to the health minister.

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