Mamnoon for national-level safe transfusion system to control blood-borne diseases.
ISLAMABAD -- President Mamnoon Hussain Friday called for an effective safe blood transfusion system to fulfill the national need of overcoming blood-borne diseases.
Addressing the inaugural session of 11th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM) here, the President said health system becomes prone to serious hazards if the blood transfusion system does not work under a functionally active regulatory authority.
To counter this important health crisis, he said, the Ministry of Health in 2008 initiated the blood safety system reforms in the country.
The President appreciated the financial and technical support of Germany for the National Blood Transfusion Programme, the first of which had been completed successfully.
He said the first phase included construction and equipping of 10 modern regional blood transfusion centres, and renovation and upgradation of 60 existing hospital-based blood banks across the country.
The second phase, he added, was due to start in accordance with the standards of World Health Organization (WHO).
President Mamnoon said the blood-borne diseases were heavily influenced by the way of life, and stressed the need of effective awareness campaign.
He said in countries with developed healthcare systems, high standards of quality of blood and blood components throughout the entire blood transfusion chain had led to high-level of human health protection.
He mentioned that in developing countries like Pakistan, the activities of welfare societies were worth-mentioning. He, however, said there was still a lot of margin in the villages and under-developed areas.
The President expressed confidence that the conference would be an important milestone in sharing of knowledge and forging close cooperation among transfusion medicine specialists from all over Asia and the organizations concerned.
He said the conference was especially important to Pakistan as the health sector had been ignored due to many reasons, which had resulted in dissemination of diseases with blood infections as most rampant ones.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal said the vision of the government recognized health key agenda of development and regulated coordinate equitable health serious across the country.
He said the Safe Blood Transfusion Project remained high on the government's agenda and mentioned the formulation of Safe Blood Transfusion Policy 2014-2020.
He mentioned that the Prime Minister had recently granted special exemption on all kinds of taxes for this project.
National Coordinator Safe Blood Transfusion Programme Hassan Abbas Zaheer said the three-day conference, first of its kind in the country, would provide an opportunity to the participants from 19 countries to deliberate on the latest advances and innovation in the fields of transfusion and transplant medicine.