The Ministry of Health and Family welfare had launched e-Raktkosh app to keep a tab on blood supplied to different blood banks across the country and every registered blood bank authority were directed to update on the availability of blood units on the same. However, most of the blood banks in the city failed to update it on a regular basis. Owing to this, people in need of particular blood units are at the receiving end. They are not able to obtain information about the availability of blood in city-based blood banks. Whereas this digitalized medium of locating blood banks had made it accessible for patients to discover the availability of blood units in the nearest possible banks.
The mobile app allows nationwide search of blood banks. Details of the bank are displayed, based on user’s current location, in ascending order of distance. Users can also search for blood banks by selecting a particular state and district. Moreover, through the app, users could call or send an email to the selected blood bank, and can get navigation directions, distance to any selected blood bank. Besides, blood banks of various hospitals also failed to update their phone numbers and e-mail Ids. The bank at Patel Hospital has not updated about its stock availability for the past one year, and when contacted, the phone was picked up by its former in charge. The last update by the bank of Tagore Heart Care and Research Hospital was made in February this year. BDS blood bank, Nawanshar, and PIMS has not updated from past one week.
Though Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, and Civil Hospital, Kapurthala, apparently have been updating their stock availability every hour on the mobile app, however, when asked, operators at the blood banks denied to have blood units. Gagandeep Singh, in-charge of the blood bank at Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, said the councillor who updates it was on leave. Hence, they could not update it from Wednesday. Doctor Sukhwinder Singh, state National Health and Family Welfare Director said: “We regularly remind every blood bank to update their information on the app, but to no avail.” Meanwhile, Dr Shivinder Singh at the Johal Hospital blood bank, who daily updates on the stock availability, said the government should also improve the software so that the updated stock would not be displayed on the app for the whole day. – Tribune India