Hyderabad, May 15: Though a little late, the State Government has decided to streamline the anarchic functioning of the blood banks in the State.
It appears to have got round to the job after the infamous incident of HIV positive blood being injected into an injured constable in Ra j ahmundry l a s t month.
By an order today, a committee has been appointed to review and recommend measures to strengthen the management system.
Though the blood banks have long been functioning under the supervision of the Drug Control Department, of late there have been a number of complaints that blood being supplied by them was either not available in needed volumes or was found contagious.
There is a shortfall of 2 lakh units of blood in Karimnagar, Medak, Prakasam, West Godavari, Nizamabad, Srikakakulam and Adilabad districts.
It has also been noted that a large number of private and Government blood banks are running without fulfilling statutory stipulations.
In this backdrop, it has been decided to constitute a State-level committee with Institute of Preventive Medicine director Dr Sucharitha Murthy as c h a i r m a n , a n d AP Vaidyavidhana Parishad joint commissioner Dr Prasanna Kumar Reddy, Health Department additional director Dr Sai Babu, Family Welfare Department joint director Dr Srinivasa Rao, AP Aids Control Society joint director Dr Kishore and Red Cross Society representative Dr Srinivasulu as members.
Joint director Drug Control department Subbi Reddy would be the member-convener.