As road accidents tend to increase, J&K Minister for Personnel Jitendra Singh emphasized on setting up blood banks along all major highways.
"With the number of road accidents constantly on the rise, these blood banks will supplement timely help to the needy at places where the government infrastructure is still inadequate. In the next phase, the same facility can also be replicated in the interior belts of rural and semi-urban areas," said Mr Singh while inaugurating the 40th annual national conference of 'Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology (ISBT)'.
He also stressed about setting up of readily available blood bank facility along all the major road highways across the country. A team of experts will soon be visiting the districts of Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir to work out an early implementation of this plan, he said.
"From the experience gained from this area, the same campaign for upgraded empowerment of blood bank facility will also be extended to other states in different parts of the country, including the northeast," said Mr.Singh.
Mr Singh appreciated the efforts of ISBT and said that its role is not confined only to managing and executing blood transfusion but also spreading awareness among the society to encourage voluntary donations.
At the same time, he suggested that the representatives of this organization should also be incorporated by the Health Ministry in the decision making process regarding blood transfusion and related matters.