‘Maharashtra leads the way in the country in safe blood transfusion’
Speaking at the seminar on Blood Transfusion Safety Symposium organised by Orthopathshala-an initiative by Johnson & Johnson, Sanjaykumar Jadhav, Deputy Director of Health Services (Maharashtra) said that the State leads the way in the country when it comes to blood safety thanks to the initiatives taken up by Maharashtra State Board Transfusion Council (MSBTC). In the last ten years since its inception, the total number of blood banks has increased to 252, out of which 73 are from the government sector. “It is clear that quality checking is vital to safe blood supply. A reliable system needs to be in place to ensure proper screening and proper matching of blood. Testing of all donated blood for transfusion transmitted infections (TTIs) such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis is one of the strategies recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure safe blood,” he further added.
Manoj Coelho, the Country Leader of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) India, stated, “OCD provides a unique mix of best in class products and services coupled with quality education, training and research studies and has earned its reputation as a trusted name in diagnostics by combining an ongoing investment in technological innovation and product quality with an unparalleled focus on customer service and support.” OCD, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is a provider of high-value diagnostic products and services for the global health care community. It also conducted the ‘Blood Transfusion Safety Symposium’ that marks the launch of its new ‘Ortho Pathshala’, an initiative for providing a variety of learning opportunities in support of the continuing education needs of laboratory and blood banking professionals.