Punjab Safe Blood Transfusion Act 2016 to be passed soon

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Advisor to the Chief Minister on Health Kh. Salman Rafique has said that steps are being taken to get approval of Punjab Safe Blood Transfusion Act 2016. He said that Standing Committee of the Provincial Assembly is scrutinizing the draft bill of the act and hopefully it will be presented in the next assembly session. He further said that after legislation, Blood Transfusion Authority would perform more effectively.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (BTA) at Civil Secretariat. Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah, Special Secretary Dr. Sajid Chauhan, Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Salman Shahid, Secretary BTA Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Director Institute of Blood Transfusion Services Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Prof. Dr. Arif Tabassum, Assistant Prof. Dr. Nighat Majeed, Secretary Red Crescent Society Mahmood Qadir and the representatives of Fatmeed Foundation and other members attended the meeting.
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed briefed the meeting. He said that BTA has registered 269 blood banks while 56 licences have been issued whereas the registration of 337 blood banks is under process. Kh. Salman Rafique directed that registration process of blood banks should be expedited for which DCOs and other districts officers also be coordinated. He said that meetings with Punjab Healthcare Commission and Law Department also be convened. The meeting gave approval for the nomination of licensing board.
Secretary Specialized Healthcare Najam Ahmad Shah directed that registration of all the public sector blood banks should be completed within seven days. He directed that all the EDOs Health should be assigned duties for this purpose. He further directed that within 60 days licensing of all public sector blood banks also be completed. for this purpose meeting of Blood Transfusion Authority should be convened after two weeks, the Secretary added.

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