Odisha Blood Bank Soon

Red Cross Blood Banks across the state would now be known as “Odisha Blood Bank.”

In a major decision Odisha government has decided to remove Red Cross tag from 55 blood banks functioning in the premises of government hospitals.
Henceforth such Red Cross blood banks will be known as Odisha Blood Bank, according to a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Secretary Health & Family Welfare , Dr. P.K.Meherda drew the attention of Minister Pratap K Jena who reviewed in favor of the proposal. This decision also has the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s approval.
Presently there are 83 blood banks functioning in the state of which 56 bear the name of Odisha Red Cross Blood Bank.
Except Central Red Cross Blood Bank, Cuttack, all other 55 other Red Cross Blood Banks were functioning under the supervision of medical collage superintendents, CDMO’s, SDMO’s and medical officer of state government.
Though the State Red Cross unit only manages the Central Red Cross blood bank at Cuttack, 55 others also carry its name. This is illegal also.
Because of such anomaly employees of the blood banks were facing serious problems. In one hand state Red Cross was not recognizing them as its employees and in other hand state government was not accepting them as its employees.
Time and again Odisha Blood Bank Employees Association raised this issue before different government functionaries with prayer to accept them as regular government employees when Red Cross disowns them.
After reviewing the problem state government took a policy decision to change the nomenclature of ‘Orissa Red Cross’ from 55 blood banks functioning in the premises of government health institutions running under Red Cross banner in the state and to name it as ‘ Odisha Blood Bank’.
Meanwhile, instructions were given to all district collectors, principal of medical collages, CDMOs and other functionaries to ensure that blood banks have changed their names and other required documents including sign board.

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