Editorial – Blood Services
In Nepal, the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) began to provide institution based Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) through the Department of Pathology at Bir Hospital of Kathmandu in 1964 and the first BTS was established as Laxmi Blood Bank in 1966. During the beginning, BTS in Nepal was available only in Kathmandu but over the years, it has been expanded to 70 BTS Centers (BTSC) in 50 of the 75 districts of the country according to a study in 2011. In the initial years, the service was made possible through collection of blood from professional donors but since 1982 collection of blood was emphasized from voluntary non-remunerated donors only. But later attempts were made to and are being made to collect blood from different sectors like schools, colleges, offices and others. Today after all through these years blood is collected from these sectors through regular motivation and encouraging campaigns. Government of Nepal has declared Nepal Red Cross Society as the only institution to carryout Blood Transfusion Service.
Though NRCS has made progress in the field of BTS but all these efforts doesn’t seem to be effective. People still are unaware about the issues related to blood transfusion and blood donation. Even though branches are opened at several places, but they lack proper management. Some NRCS lack the modern devices; some lack manpower and all these things has affected the consumer to a greater extent. They lack a proper and friendly surrounding for the blood donors. All these problems needs a timely solution. Promotional and educational materials for public awareness and educating blood
Donors on the importance of voluntary blood donation should come into practice. Similarly, all facilities that is involved in blood collection must assess donor suitability by means of a donor questionnaire, pre-donation interview.
Editor, YFB Newsletter