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Announcing the new system, Meenakshi Dutta Ghosh, Director, National AIDS Control Organisation (which is also in charge of blood safety), said the change was being made considering that HIV/AIDS was becoming a major social problem.
Till now, in the absence of a proper counselling system, it was found wiser not to inform in case a sample was found to be HIV positive as it would lead to problems for the donors. But, now with the development of a sound counselling system, there is a growing feeling among professionals that it would be better if the donors are informed.
Ms. Ghosh said that while informing the donors care would be taken to ensure that problems were not created. Counselling would be given at the time of donation and the information would be accompanied by another set of counselling.
Briefing reporters on an action plan released recently by the Government to operationalise the National Blood Policy announced in April, she said the Government planned to introduce a system of accreditation of blood banks to promote quality. It was considering whether to involve accreditating agencies like the ICRA and the Crisil or the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories under the Department of Science and Technology.
Also, the Government would change the system of management of the State Blood Transfusion Councils. They would be headed by the State Directors of Health Services. To promote a rational use of blood, the funding norms for establishment of blood component separation facilities would be relaxed. Blood banks with an annual collection of over 5,000 units would also be eligible for financial assistance against the present minimum of 10,000 units.
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