Now, patients from Jagraon, Raikot, Pakhowal village, Sidhwan Bet, and Sudhar will not have to rush to Ludhiana or Moga to get blood in case of an emergency. For, Jagraon civil hospital has been equipped with a blood bank. The bank which was inaugurated on Wednesday, will provide blood free of cost to patients with medical emergencies. It is, however yet to start the facility of providing blood components. Earlier, the district residents had to rush to civil hospitals in Ludhiana or Moga to arrange blood, which consumed much time and delayed the treatment. At the Jagraon hospital, the bank is functioning from a separate block, comprising six rooms. The blood will be given free of cost to patients with medical emergencies, including those afflicted with cancer, TB, thalassemia and HIV, accident victims and Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna beneficiaries. The hospital will charge Rs 300 per unit from patients admitted to the hospital, while those from private hospitals will have to pay Rs 1000 per unit.
Civil surgeon Dr Parwinderpal Singh Sandhu said, “The facility will help nearby area residents get speedy treatment.” Jagraon civil hospital senior medical officer Dr Sukhjivan Kakkar said they were arranging blood through voluntary donors. “In the coming days, we will organize blood donation camps, too, to ensure sufficient stock. I request those availing of the facility to bring a donor along, so that there is no shortage of blood at the hospital.” With this facility, people would not have to rush to big cities in case of an emergency, he added. Hailing the service, a resident of Sidhwan Bet, Mukhtiar Singh, said, “In case of an emergency, every second matters. The bank is a blessing for adjoining villages. The government should open more such facilities.” – TOI