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In a discussion in the Vidhan Parishad which went on for over half-an-hour on Friday, MLA Pravin Darekar had raised the question regarding availability of rare blood groups in blood banks.

The state government is soon set to notify all blood banks in Maharashtra to maintain an online registry of rare blood groups online. This was stated by Yogesh Sagar, urban development minister.

At Kandivali’s civic-run Shatabdi Hospital, the blood bank is not open at night due to lack of manpower, if someone needs blood at night they go to private blood banks but are charged more. To know what steps the government is taking  in this regards MLA Pravin Darekar raised a question in the house.

In response to this, Yogesh Sagar, said, “It is the responsibility of the BMC to ensure that patients get access to blood in time. But there are rare blood groups which have to be ordered from private blood banks. These rare blood groups aren’t available at times. This is why the state government will be writing a letter to all blood banks to display this information online.”

He added, “We will be taking a survey of all blood banks soon. At Shatabdi Hospital, around 2,000 blood bags are stored at any time during the year. The storage capacity is of 1,200. The state government will soon be upgrading this blood bank.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) joint director, Dr Arun Thorat, said, “If all blood banks display the rare blood group information online then it will benefit many patients. The registration of blood storage and blood available is done at the moment, but it isn’t online. The SBTC keeps sending notices to blood banks to update their registry. It is good that the state government has taken this initiative. They will be asking blood banks to maintain this information online through an order. The difficulty of patients and the running around of relatives from pillar to post will be reduced.”

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