LAHORE - Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) has modernised its Islamabad based central laboratory and planned to establish 121 collection centres in different cities with next six to eight months.

PRC chairman Dr Saeed Elahi told The Nation yesterday that the needy patients will be offered discounts on all kinds of medical tests from the Red Crescent’s labs and the tests will be done as per international standards. He said PRC will provide free of cost lab services to Thalassemia patients.

“Our central laboratory is well equipped and capable to perform more than 100 different tests,” said the chairman of leading humanitarian organisation.

He added the latest technologies and up to date equipment for all sorts of lab tests will be installed in phase 1 of central lab’s expansion while radiography such as X-Ray, CT scan, MRIs will be included in phase 2.

The chairman of said the PRC also planned to register one hundred thousand blood donors in Pakistan. He said the registration of 0.1 million blood donors was a new inclusion in Red Crescent vision of achieving five million volunteers by 2020.

Dr. Saeed said PRC will soon start blood screening tests in jails and in this regard a pilot project was already underway at Adiala Jail where around 5,000 people would get benefited from lab services.

“I am very pleased to tell you that with every passing day, we are broadening the spectrum of PRC humanitarian services. In a recent meeting I briefed the President about various activities and services of PRC which he lauded.”

The Restoring Family Links (Lost Helpline) is one of the successful initiatives of PRC that reconnects the lost persons with their families during disaster and emergency situations.

Dr Saeed said RFL Program will be expanded while extending its network within country by taking Provincial and District Branches on board and gathering pertinent data through volunteers across the country.

He further said the expansion of PRC Ambulance Services across the country was also underway.

“First Aider in every home is our vision and our First Aid Training program at the community level is thriving at a very impressive pace. Time is not far when every home in Pakistan would at least have one First Aider,” he vowed.