Rs 500 travel expense for blood disorder patients in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will provide an assistance of Rs 500 per month to the patients with blood disorders towards their travel expenses for blood transfusion.

An announcement in this regard was made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of state level observation of Voluntary Blood Donation Day here today.

“It has been has decided to provide travel assistance of Rs 500 per month to each patient suffering from thalassaemia, haemophilia and sickle cell anaemia coming to the hospital for blood transfusion,” he said.

“The state government has adopted latest technology for screening of blood on a pilot basis for six blood banks in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur and Burla. We are spending Rs 12 crore annually for screening blood. With success, this will be implemented in all the major blood banks of the state,” the CM said.

“We have 14 blood component separation units in the state including the private units to prepare components of blood for the optimal use of this scarce drug and avoid unnecessary transfusion. Government of Odisha will soon open seven more blood component separation units at seven places– Balasore, Baripada, Keonjhar, Koraput, Bargarh, Balangir and Rourkela. The state government is also planning to open four blood component separation units at Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal, Phulbani and Bhawanipatna next year,” Patnaik said.

The Chief Minister felicitated 27 organisations and institutions including Ama Odisha for their outstanding contribution in organisation of blood donation camps.

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