Mangalore, Oct 19, 2014: Formally addressing the gathering after the inauguration of blood component separation equipment at DK - IRCS Blood Bank and foundation laying ceremony of the 60 bedded mother and child health wing at Lady Goschen Hospital premises in the city on October 18, Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader. stated, with concerns to promote health and fitness in the State, good healthy food will be offered to patients as well as their care takers in government hospital canteens. Health revolution will begin in Karnataka and will set an example for other states. The Union Health Ministry has already taken note of ‘Healthizen app’ developed by the department and is planning to introduce it across the nation, he said. The minister added he is all set to provide accommodation and canteen facility to the family members who accompany patients admitted in government hospitals in the State.
U T Khader said that he was aware of the complaints against blood banks causing inconvenience to public by not offering them blood on time and he will take measures to prevent such instances. The government is working on a website through which all 40 government blood banks in the State could be linked and information on the availability of blood is posted online. New wings exclusively for mother and child health have been sanctioned to 10 other talks and districts and the new buildings will come up soon. The reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health building at Lady Goschen premises will be constructed at a cost of Rs 10.60 crore, he said.
Blood component separation equipment unit inaugurated: MP M Veerappa Moily who was instrumental in getting Rs 1 crore from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) as a part of their corporate social responsibility, for the unit called upon more number of private and public sector companies to take up corporate social responsibility initiatives that help the society. CSR is mandatory and all the companies must reserve two per cent of their profit to aid the society.
On the slow progress of the work on construction of new building of Lady Goschen hospital, he said the work was halted due to technical snags on the part of ONGC which is funding Rs 22 crore for the project. The ONGC management has cleared the snags and funds have been released, he said.
Presiding over the programme MLA J R Lobo recalled the beginning of Red Cross in Dakshina Kannada way back in 1998. MLA Mohiudeen Bava, State Drugs Controller Raghuram Bhandary, Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society (KSAPS) Project Director S G Raveendra, IRCS State President S P Dinesh and MRPL GM (HR) Susheelchandra among others were present.
BPCL Chairman and Managing Director S Varadarajan’s representative - BPCL Chief Manager (Admin) Pradeep K Iyengar, who had come from Mumbai for this programme
DK-IRCS Blood Bank to issue packed cells, platelets: The Indian Red Cross Society, DK unit which has been issuing “whole blood” in its blood bank in Lady Goschen hospital premises, will now be able to separate blood components. The Blood Component Separation Equipment Unit established at a cost of Rs one crore will help to classify blood components such as “packed red cells,” “fresh frozen plasma,” “platelet concentrate” and “cryoprecipitate.”