The state government of orissahas launched e-governance of blood banks in the state. This will help people in accessing information about the availability of blood in any blood bank of the state f
The 80 blood banks, including 56 banks of the Indian Red Cross Society, will be connected online with real time information on availability in various banks, said the official. National AIDS Control Organization is funding the project.
The initiative in fact is a great step as one can easily find out the blood availability anywhere during an emergency situation and a better knowledge about the daily need of blood.At present, if attendants of a patient don’t find blood of a particular group in a particular bank, they have to check with others individually, which is a lengthy process in an emergency situation. Among other things, major blood banks will have close circuit cameras to monitor activities on their premises.
The project would be implemented across Orissa under the National Rural Health Scheme. Apart from digitizing information at the district blood banks, an online database of names, addresses and telephone numbers of voluntary blood bank will be maintained.
The initiative is a great help for patients and their inmates who have to pass through many hurdles to get blood during the time of emergency.