Centre inks MoU with Bengal govt
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with West Bengal government to formalise its support to set up a state-of-the-art centre of excellence in transfusion medicine at Kolkata.
The Centre has approved an outlay of about Rs 200 crores for this venture towards equipment, manpower and running costs. The land for this initiative would be provided free of cost by the state government. The move intends to strengthen the blood transfusion services in the State and the surrounding region.
The agreement was signed by RK Vats, Additional Secretary (Health) and Anil Verma, the principal secretary (Health) of West Bengal government.
Under the Metro Blood Bank project, which is a central sector scheme of the Health Ministry, four state-of-the-art centres of excellence in transfusion medicine would be set up in metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. "Facilities for the screening of collected blood by NAT would be made available at these centres and also extended to the other blood banks of the state," the official release said.
Under the first phase, these facilities would come up in Chennai and Kolkata and the Centre has given its approved. The National Blood Transfusion Council under National AIDS Control Organization has been entrusted as the implementing division for the project.