The new Blood Component Separation Processing Unit was inaugurated by Sri Badal Choudhury, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Tripura at Gomati District Hospital, Udaipur on Monday. This is the fourth unit of the state established by the Health Department with the support from National Health Mission, Tripura. The new facility paves the way of separating into different blood components namely packed red blood cell (PRBC) concentrate, platelet concentrate, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate from the whole blood to meet the blood components among patients admitted in the hospital and other needy persons admitted in different hospitals in the District.
The auspicious programme was graced by Ratan Bhowmik, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, SC Welfare, DWS, Govt. of Tripura; Sri Naresh Jamatia, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development, Forest & Election Departments, Govt. of Tripura; Sri Madhab Saha, MLA, Smt. Suniti Saha, Sabhadhipati of Gomati Zilla Parishad, Sri Dinabandhu Das, Sahakari Sabhadhipati, Sri Goutam Sarkar, President of Education and Health Standing Committee of Gomati Zilla Parishad, Dr. J. K. Dev Varman, Director of Health Services, Dr. Shailesh Kumar Yadav, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Dr. N. Darlong, Director, Family Welfare & Preventive Medicine, Sri Animesh Das, Additional District Magistrate & Collector, Dr. Kanulal Bhowmik, the ex Director of Family Welfare & Preventive Medicine and also ex Medical Superintendent of erstwhile TS District Hospital of undivided South Tripura District; Sri Subhashis Bandhopadhayay, Sub Divisional Magistrate of Udaipur, Dr. S. P. Chakraborty, Medical Superintendent of District Hospital of Gomati District.
During delivering the inaugural speech, Sri Badal Chowdhury, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare Department said that there is no alternative of blood and Blood donation is one of the most effective ways which can unite all religions, caste, & creed to be keen on peace and humanity. He added that now the establishment of this unit will thus help the component separation has maximized the utility of each drop of blood.
Referring the history of blood bank established in 1997 in erstwhile TS District Hospital and later on shifted to Gomati District hospital at Tepania which begged National Award for collecting 100 percent voluntary blood collection donated by thousands individual, NGOs, democratic organisations, clubs in 2015 -16, Dr. Sujit Roy MOIC of the Blood Bank told during his welcome address.
Availability of the new facility in the hospital can be a great help to treat the ailments. The whole blood which is a mixture of cells, colloids and crystalloids can be separated into different blood components namely packed red blood cell (PRBC) concentrate, platelet concentrate, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate. Each blood component is used for a different indication; thus the component separation has maximized the utility of one whole blood unit. Different components need different storage conditions and temperature requirements for therapeutic efficacy, thus bringing down the risk of disease transmission and superior function and storage characteristics.
During delivering the address, SrI Ratan Bhowmik, Hon’ble Minister for DWS, Tourism & SC Welfare said, henceforth one unit of blood can be utilized for four different purpose. State government has already taken numerous steps to expend health services to every village of the state. A Primary Health Centers are being built at Nityabazar, Mirza, Adipur whereas few facilities like Garjee PHC will be elevated into 24 X 7 very shortly, he added. Sri Naresh Jamatia, Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development, Forest said that inclusive growth and development including better health service have already attracted the nationwide attention. Sri Madhab Saha, MLA said that blood donation has now become a celebration and festival like programme in Tripura which being conducted by various organisations, clubs, individuals, families etc. Smt Suniti Saha, Sabhadhipati of Gomati Zilla Parishad expressed her happiness to address that this technology shall help the people of Gomati & South Tripura District before advising all staff of hospital to be cooperative, sympathetic while providing better quality of health services. Dr. S. P. Chakraborty, Medical Superintendent of District Hospital has sought cooperation from all sections of people to run the hospital smoothly.