Urging people to donate blood more often, Harsh Vardhan said, "Regular blood donors, according to medical researchers, are 80 percent less prone to diseases like heart attack, cancer etc.”

He was the first volunteer to donate blood at the National Seminar on Promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation held at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the national capital.

It was organized by the Department of AIDS Control in association with the State Blood Transfusion Council, Department of Transfusion Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and NGO Blood for All (B4A).

Harsh Vardhan further said that in the next one or two years, every district in the country will have a blood bank. He requested all healthy citizens to donate blood at least four times a year.

RN Makroo, director and senior consultant, department of transfusion medicine at Apollo hospital, said, "It was disheartening to note that as against the requirement of about 10-11 million units of blood, the annual collection in India is a only 8.5-9 million units."

"The percentage of voluntary blood donation is just 70 percent and most of it is one time voluntary blood donation," he said.

Harsh Vardhan vouches for free CT scan, MRI tests

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is inspecting the facilities at government hospitals in the national capital, visited Safdarjung Hospital on Friday and spotted several flaws.

He seemed to be disappointed over the condition of some of the basic facilities like stretcher, wheel-chair and chairs and directed for their upgradation.

He also told doctors that their professional credentials would be testified only when a patient won’t visit the hospital again after getting discharged. At the same time, he also vouched for free CT scan and MRI facilities in government hospitals as the poor patients deserve free treatment.

He also asked the chief of Directorate of Health Jagdish Prasad to present a report on the monetary aid received by the hospitals from government for CT scan and MRI tests.

Besides, the officials have also been asked to come up with Mother and Child Care Centers.  

Health Inspector Rajpal briefed him regarding the facilities in the hospital. Harsh Vardhan, who reached the hospital in morning, stayed there for two hours.
He also inspected the emergency section, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Out Patient Department (OPD), wards of all departments, blood bank, medicine dispensary, burn unit and sports injury center.

He also interacted with the patients in order to acquire information regarding the inconvenience faced by them in the hospital.

A patient, who is undergoing heart treatment, said that no one is getting wheel chair in the hospital. Harsh Vardhan directed the authorities to ensure that there is adequate number of wheelchairs in the hospital just like airports, so that the patients don’t face any inconvenience.

He also expressed concern over the long queues outside OPD, waiting to obtain their cards and directed arrangement of at least 200 chairs for the convenience of patients.

Harsh Vardhan also said that the doctors should increase the dosage of important medicines. The Health Minister also said that in this context, young doctors should also be trained and guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) should be followed.

(JPN/Agencies)

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