LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that Blood Transfusion Authority has been given the task of launching crackdown against unregistered public and private blood banks from January 1, 2015.

Chairing a meeting of Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority on Wednesday, he directed reactivation of Punjab Blood Bank so that an authentic database of donors was available.

Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Secretary BTA Dr Jafar Saleem, Director Punjab Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) Dr Zafar Iqbal, MPA Dr Nadia Aziz, Brig Maqool Alam from CMH Lahore, Prof Nauman Aslam from PGMI, Deputy Programme Manager of Punjab AIDs Control Programme Muhammad Faisal, representatives of Social Welfare Department and Fatimia Foundation as well as Director General Punjab Information Technology and other officers attended the meeting.

Kh Salman Rafiq directed convening meeting of BTA every month for expediting implementation on the decisions.

Secretary BTA said that applications of 500 blood banks had been received for registration. He said that guidelines and SOPs were being provided to every applicant for establishment of standard blood bank and after inspection, process would be started for their registration. He said that BTA had provided another opportunity to blood banks through advertisements in newspapers.

Meanwhile, Kh Salman Rafiq presided over a meeting to review steps for checking the transfer of Ebola virus to Pakistan and treatment of patients.

DG Health Punjab Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences Prof Hamid Butt, Airport Manager, representatives of FIA, ASF, Federal Health Department, WHO and Director Health (CDC) Dr Afifi attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the steps taken by provincial and federal departments for checking Ebola virus. The meeting decided purchasing 1,000 more personnel protective equipment for doctors, nurses and officials of other institutions engaged in the services for checking Ebola virus.

Moreover, 20 thermal guns would be purchased and given to airports for screening of passengers coming from other countries. The meeting also reviewed in detail the steps for training of staff of concerned departments and other administrative and technical measures.