A proposal for new technology to screen donated blood in the government hospitals' blood blanks to curb risk of transmitting infection got approved by the Delhi government.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
"To minimise the risk of transmission of infections due to transfusion of donated blood, the cabinet has decided to introduce nucleic acid amplification testing of donated blood in blood banks in government's major hospitals," Dikshit told reporters.
"The new technology will reduce the duration of window period to 11, 20 and 15 days respectively and therefore would reduce the risk of transmission of infections," said a government official.
It has been proposed to introduce the new technology at Lok Nayak Hospital or GTB Hospital.