Assam to step up fight against AIDS

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 – Assam is ready to fight the menace of HIV/AIDS with greater efficacy with a Blood Mobile vehicle and six Blood Transportation Vans to speed up the voluntary blood donation in a safer way in the State.

The Blood Mobile vehicle and the Blood Transportation Vans have been procured by the Government of India through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and supplied to the Assam State AIDS Control Society through the National AIDS Control Organization. The vehicle will be used to collect blood from voluntary blood donors at the voluntary blood donation camps organized by any institutions/organizations with better efficiency and feasibility.

The vehicle is equipped with four donor couches, blood storage refrigerators, domestic refrigerators, etc. The vehicle will be provided to the Blood Bank of Gauhati Medical College Hospital, which is a ‘High Volume Blood Bank’. The Blood Mobile vehicle is generally provided to such blood banks which conducts 2-3 voluntary blood donation camps every week and collects more than 25,000 units of blood per annum.

On the other hand, the Blood Transportation Van, a fully air-conditioned vehicle, is equipped with four blood transportation boxes (refrigerators). Each box has a capacity to accommodate minimum 48 filled blood bags of 450 ml. These vans will be provided to the Blood Banks of Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Assam Medical College Hospital (Dibrugarh), Silchar Medical College Hospital, Kanaklata Civil Hospital, Tezpur, BP Civil Hospital, Nagaoan, and KK Civil Hospital, Golaghat. These vans will network amongst the Regional Blood Transfusion Centres (RBTCs), District Level Blood Banks and Blood Storage Centres located in the First Referral Units (FRUs) by way of transportation of blood and blood components. These vans will also be used for smooth running of voluntary blood donation camps collecting high quantity of blood units.

The Assam Government will also provide second line ART treatment to the HIV positive people free of cost. Till date, only first line ART treatment is provided to the infected people free of cost.