To make adequate and safe blood available in all parts of Gujarat.
Gujarat is doing well both in the terms of total blood collection as well as blood collection from voluntary blood donors. Gujarat is one of the leading states in the country in terms of total collection of blood units against the requirements as our last year’s (2013-14) per capita blood donation was 1.31%.
In our state the total blood collection is 7.91 lakh units and voluntary blood donation has increased from 71.4% in 2008-09 to 80% in financial year (April-13to March-14).
In Gujarat, the availability of blood is ensured through a network of 136 functional blood banks as below.
The State will continue to maintain a high proportion of voluntary blood collection with a target to achieve voluntary blood collection as 90% in current year. The focus must be on promotion of repeat voluntary blood donation, as the same is safest in terms of transfusion transmitted infections (TTIs) and other blood transfusion related complications.
During the NACP IV time period, state aims to reduce transmission of HIV infection through blood and blood products by reducing the sero-reactivity rates among blood donors to less than 0.05 % from 0.12 %. Blood transfusion is one of the established routes of HIV transmission and after reduction from a level of more than 8 % earlier, it still accounts for 1.2 % of total new infections. For this reason, blood safety is an integral component of the activities of the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS). The goal of the National Blood Policy is to provide adequate and safe blood to every needy patient in every part of the country.
Similarly in remote areas where limited blood requirement does not justify establishing blood banks, Govt. of Gujarat supports the establishment of storage centres. Currently, 46 Govt. storage centers are functional and 38 private blood storage centre working in Gujarat State.