Operational Blood Banks In The Country

IAS Prelims 2023


There are 3840 licensed blood banks (blood centers) in the country. The details of Government and Private licensed blood banks in the country is given at Annexure–A.

The policy of the Government advocates for a hub and spoke approach towards blood transfusion services, wherein blood is collected and processed in the hubs, which are high volume blood banks and distributed through spokes, which are smaller blood banks and blood storage centers. The requirement of blood banks depends upon the health infrastructure of the area. However, blood storage centres can be established in remote areas to meet the emergency requirement of blood, which may be attached to blood banks.

Government of India, through National Health Mission, supports States/UTs to strengthen their healthcare systems including strengthening existing blood banks /supporting new blood banks and blood storage units, and through Blood Transfusion Services also supports 1131 Blood banks in the Public and Charitable sector in respect of manpower, procurement of Blood Bags and testing kits, conducting Voluntary Blood Donation (VBD) camps and Information Education Communication (IEC) activities etc. In addition, Mobile vans for blood collection and blood transportation vans are provided to the States/UTs.

Steps have been taken to engage with different Government departments, voluntary organizations like Indian Red Cross Society, blood donor associations, professional associations and other stakeholders for creating opportunities to donate and raise public awareness on the need for safe blood donation and transfusion in the country. The Government supports various activities like organising blood donation camps, observance of events of Voluntary Blood Donation days and motivating youth groups in coordination with agencies like Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, National Service Scheme, Red Ribbon Clubs in various Universities and Colleges, etc. The Government has also made a provision of four special casual leaves per year that can be availed by Central Government employees for donating blood.

Annexure-A

 

Number of licensed Blood Centres in India State / UT-wise (i.e. up to          23.03.2022)

 

S.No

Name of State

Govt. Blood Centres

Other than Govt. Blood

Centres

Total

1

Andaman & Nicobar

02

01

03

2

Andhra Pradesh

41

176

217

3

Arunachal Pradesh

12

01

13

4

Assam

46

40

86

5

Bihar

44

62

106

6

Chandigarh

03

01

04

7

Chhattisgarh

36

76

112

8

Dadra & Nagar Haveli and

Daman & Diu

02

01

03

09

NCT of Delhi

25

55

80

10

Goa

03

02

5

11

Gujarat

30

150

180

12

Haryana

27

113

140

13

Himachal Pradesh

20

06

26

14

Jammu & Kashmir

29

07

36

15

Ladakh

03

03

16

Jharkhand

33

33

66

17

Karnataka

42

230

272

18

Kerala

51

150

201

19

Lakshadweep

01

00

01

20

Madhya Pradesh

71

104

175

21

Maharashtra

76

295

371

22

Manipur

04

01

05

23

Meghalaya

09

02

11

24

Mizoram

09

02

11

25

Nagaland

05

1

06

26

Odisha

63

24

87

27

Pondicherry

04

12

16

28

Punjab

52

101

153

29

Rajasthan

66

138

204

30

Sikkim

04

02

06

31

Tamil Nadu

106

227

333

32

Telangana

66

187

253

33

Tripura

11

02

13

34

Uttar Pradesh

114

322

436

35

Uttarakhand

25

28

53

36

West Bengal

109

44

153

 

The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharti Pravin Pawar stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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