LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired a meeting yesterday for reviewing establishment of Regional Blood Centres.

Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shumail Ahmed Kh, Secretary Health Jawad Rafiq Malik, MPAs Mehmood Leghari and Dr Aalia Aftab, Member (Medical) P&D Dr Shubana, Director Punjab Institute of Blood Transfusion Service Dr Zafar Iqbal, Dr Arif Tabasam, Professor of Hematology PGMI Dr Nauman and the officers of PITB attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that PC-I of RBC Faisalabad has been approved whereas two centers would be established in Lahore. It was informed that every year three RBCs would be established for ensuring provision of healthy blood to the patients.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that RBCs of Multan and Bahawalpur would be run on the pattern of Indus Blood Center Karachi. He said that the CM has constituted committees at divisional level for carrying out awareness campaign regarding the importance of blood donation.

He said that Blood Transfusion Authority has been activated to regulate public as well as private sector blood banks. Amended draft law of Punjab Safe Blood Transfusion Act 2015 has been prepared and sent to the cabinet for approval.

Shumail Ahmed Kh said that public sector blood banks would be made model for private sector and there would be uniform law and policy.