Bhubaneswar: A day long consultative workshop on “Rational use of Blood & Component Therapy” organised by Indian Red Cross Society-Odisha State Branch (IRCS-OSB) was held at Red Cross Bhavan on Friday.
The workshop was inaugurated by Shri Prasanna Acharya, the Hon’ble Minister for Health & FW, PG & PA.
The inaugural session of the workshop was followed by a panel discussion and subsequently an in-depth thematic plenary.
The panel comprised of Dr. Kabita Chatterjee, Head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, AIIMS, Dr. Dipika Mohanty, Chairperson Central Red Cross Blood Bank, Mr. Hrushikesh Mohapatra, Drug Controller of Odisha, Dr. K.C. Behera, Director, SBTC and Dr. L. N. Hati, Former Director SBTC. Over 28 Blood Bank Officers (BBOs) from 18 districts across the breadth of the state participated to share their concerns and insights. Over 50 members from the media fraternity also took part in the consultation.
The major concerns that emerged in the course of discussion were – Shortage of trained personnel in the Blood Banks, to address which, it was suggested to impart proper hands on training through OSACS and SBTC to all doctors & technicians prior to posting. It was also emphasized to have one cadre for transfusion medicine or blood banking so that doctors can devote their entire energy in the same direction. As the demand for blood burgeons, component therapy is the only solution to address the problem and equipments should be provided to the blood banks accordingly. Such workshops are excellent platforms to spread awareness among the stakeholders such as clinicians and others.
On the occasion Biometric Attendance system, CCTV and Tally package for Accounts section of IRCS-OSB were also inaugurated by the Honourable Minister for Health & Family Welfare, PG, PA, Shri Prasanna Acharya.
Among others, Shri S.B.Mishra, Chairman, Health & Care Standing Committee, IRCS-OSB. Prof. M.P. Mohanty, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB welcomed all in to the workshop. Dr. Kabita Chatterjee, Head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, AIIMS were present.