LAHORE – Punjab Health Parliamentary Secretary Dr Saeed Elahi has said that the government has made licence compulsory for blood banks to ensure transfusion of healthy blood.

Chairing a meeting of Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (PBTA) on Wednesday, he said the decision would help eradication of fatal diseases like Hepatitis C and AIDS.

Dr Saeed said all government and private blood banks would be registered under the Safe Blood Transfusion Act, 1999. The meeting decided to constitute blood awareness committees at provincial and district levels to encourage donors.

The meeting decided to invite applications for registration of all blood banks and the process would be completed in March. During the meeting, a committee, headed by Additional Secretary Health (Technical), was also constituted to submit recommendations for revising Rules of Business of the PBTA.

The meeting was decided to grant power to PBTA secretary to run Blood Transfusion Authority as an institution and develop own website. The meeting was informed that annual licence would be issued to blood bank for which a nominal fee has been fixed.

Dr Asad Ashraf, Additonal Secretary Health (technical) Dr Anwar Janjua, DG Health Dr Nisar Ahmad Cheema, Secretary PBTA Dr Jafar Saleem, Col Maqbool Azam of CMH Lahore, Director Punjab AIDS Control Programme Dr Salman Shahid and other members attended the meeting.