The State of Azad
Jammu and Kashmir comprises an area of 13,297 km2 , and has a population
of 0.8 million residing in 10 districts. There are approximately 1880 hospital
beds in the area. The total number of doctors is 702 including 411 medical
officers, 69 dental surgeons, 174 specialists and 48 health managers.
Government of Pakistan with support from Government of Germany initiated the process of restructuring of the blood transfusion system in the country including in the State of AJK in 2010. The Phase I PC-1 of the AJK was worth 147.80 million PKR (FEC 48.08 million, LC 99.72 million). In the Phase I of the project, one large modern RBC was developed in Muzaffarabad and 6 existing HBBs in the city and nearby areas were upgraded and equipped through the German government grant. This infrastructure is now functional and is providing much improved services and safety standards. In the current Phase II of the project the blood center in DHQ Hospital Mirpur is being upgraded to an RBC. The Phase II PC-1 is worth 65.72 million___ (FEC 12.83 million, LC 52.8 million).
Blood Centre is serving as blood procurement and distribution centre, ensuring
quality systems to regulate all activities. Another important role being
performed by the Centre is to mobilize voluntary blood donors, collect blood
donations and conduct processing, screening, testing, component preparation and
storage. The RBC supplies blood and blood components to the linked hospital
blood banks which are performing the function of storage, compatibility
testing, haemovigilance, and issuance to the wards.
The VNRBD activities in the RBCs are
becoming very frequent and gaining momentum. Regular mobile camps are being
organized and ‘walk-in donors’ are increasing in numbers. The reliance on
family replacement donors is gradually decreasing and the concept of VNRBD is
being promoted through blood camps, seminars and other promotional activities.
Capacity building is a continuous
priority of the Programme. Since the operationalization of the RBCs, the new
infrastructure has become the hub of training activities. SBTP in collaboration
with RBC has organized a number of training activities for all the different
levels of workers in the RBCs. The highlight of the workshops has remained the
evident enthusiasm of the participants who are always most eager to learn and
willing to concentrate for long hours every day in the workshop to enhance
their professional skills and knowledge.