The blood transfusion services of Chandigarh have been adjudged the best among the States and Union Territories in the country by NACO (National AIDS Control Organization) in its latest report released this year.
The New Delhi-based organization assesses and evaluates the performance of states and UTs in blood transfusion services on the basis of nine key parameters and does their grading every year. And Chandigarh has scored a perfect hundred in eight out of the nine indicators.
Disclosing this here today, Dr. M. S. Bains, Director, Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh, said that a detailed evaluation was done taking into account the nine parameters of blood transfusion services. The Parameters include annual blood collection, voluntary blood donation, annual blood donation camps, IEC activities undertaken to promote voluntary blood donation, trainings of blood bank staff, regular supervision of blood banks, low HIV sero positivity in selected donors, financial expenditure and regular reporting/ maintenance of data.
Grading points are given for each. Chandigarh scored complete points in all the indicators except financial expenditure, earned an aggregate percentage of 92, and its performance was graded as “Very Good.” Chandigarh’s score of 92 per cent is much higher than the second best scoring state of West Bengal (78 per cent), and other good performance states like Gujarat (77 per cent), Maharashtra (77 per cent) and Tamil Nadu (76 per cent). The lowest score of any state is 12 per cent. Dr. Bains said that our aim was to produce one healthy donor in each household.
Dr. Vanita Gupta, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society (SACS), said that the society and the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) worked in unison to support, strengthen and streamline the infrastructure and activities of blood banks and donor organizations of Chandigarh. Mr. Ram Niwas, Home and Health Secretary, Chandigarh is Chairman of both SACS and SBTC and Director Health & Family Welfare, Chandigarh, is Administrative Chairman of both organizations.Read More