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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 291
ANSWERED ON:  05.08.2022
Availability of Donated Blood
Faizal P.P. Mohammed
Behanan Benny
Will the Minister of



HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-



(a) the total number of blood banks operating in the country, State/UT-wise;

(b) the data on average inflow and outflow of donated blood during the last five years, State/UT-wise;

(c) the data on wastage of blood during the last five years, State/UT-wise;

(d) the effect of Covid pandemic on the availability of donated blood in the country; and

(e) the steps taken by the Government to tackle shortage of donated blood?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(DR MANSUKH MANDAVIYA)

(a) to (e) A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.










STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO. 291* FOR 5TH AUGUST, 2022

(a) to (e) There are 3932 licensed blood banks (blood centers) in the country as on 31st July 2022. The details of Government and Private licensed blood banks in the country, State/UT wise is given at Annexure-1.
The inflow and outflow of collected blood, State/UT wise in respect of the blood banks reporting their data on the e-Raktkosh Portal is at Annexure -2.

The details of discarded blood, State/UT wise in respect of the blood banks reporting their data on the e-Raktkosh Portal is at Annexure -3.

The National Guidance to Blood Transfusion Services in light of COVID- 19 Pandemic were issued on 25-3-2020 and 25-6-2020. 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 World Blood Donor Day and Voluntary Blood Donation Day, pledging campaign through MyGov and motivating various youth groups etc. On world Blood Donor Day on 14-6-2022, blood group testing facility was made available to public through blood banks and in the blood donation camps. 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.

The e-RaktKosh web portal provides the interface for registration of Voluntary Blood Donors, Blood Banks data management and integration. For this, all blood banks have been advised to register on e-RaktKosh web-portal. Further, the facility for registration of voluntary blood donors has also been enabled on Aarogya Setu App.

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