KARACHI: There has historically been a scarcity of voluntary blood donation tradition in Pakistan, the place hundreds of sufferers in want of blood transfusions battle between life and dying every day.
In such a state of affairs, ten state-of-the-artwork Centralised Blood Centres funded by the German authorities throughout Pakistan are a welcome addition to the well being infrastructure within the nation.
4 of those state-of-the-artwork absolutely outfitted Regional Blood Centres (RBCs) have been arrange in Sindh – one at Sindh Authorities Qatar Hospital in Karachi, and one every in Jamshoro, Sukkur and Nawabshah.
Nevertheless, the provincial authorities has did not operationalise these RBCs owing to inefficiencies and inner political tussles.
The German authorities, via its improvement financial institution KfW, offered 15 million euros (PKR 1.seventy seven billion) grant to determine a protected blood transfusion system in all provinces of Pakistan, together with the state of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Of this finances, 5.four million euros (PKR 637 million) have been allotted to Sindh to assist scale back the unfold of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTI) brought on by unsafe blood transfusions.
Underneath a separate settlement, the Sindh Division of Well being and KfW agreed to make 4 RBCs operational by way of contracting out underneath the Public-Personal Partnership Act, 2010.
Nevertheless, the deadline (August 2016) to completely operationalise these RBCs has lengthy handed.
A senior official within the Well being Division, on situation of anonymity, stated a report on the progress of the initiative declared the Sukkur Blood Financial institution technically disqualified. Hussaini Blood Financial institution and The Indus Hospital have been declared technically certified and acquired seventy seven.5 and eighty two technical scores out of one hundred, respectively. The Sukkur Blood Financial institution, nevertheless, acquired a rating of solely 27.
In accordance with sources, all the course of has suffered on account of politics, with the tender by the upper-ups on the Well being Division getting re-initiated.
Dr Zahid Ansari, Director of Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority, confirmed that resulting from some technical points the upper-ups of the division determined to re-provoke the tender.
In the meantime, recognized organisations within the blood financial institution providers sector have been pressurised and even threatened with ‘blacklisting’. So this time round, solely Sukkur Blood Financial institution was facilitated to submit the tender. Anticipating an embarrassing state of affairs, the Secretary Well being needed to beg the Indus Hospital to submit its tender paperwork.
Requested concerning the re-tender and reception of the award to run the Sukkur RBC, Dr Muhammad Naeem, CEO of Sukkur Blood Financial institution, claimed that the ex-director of Public-Personal Partnership didn’t give a very good rating to the blood financial institution as “we’ve got 30 years of expertise in blood issues and blood banking”.
Dr Saba Jamal, Director of Indus Hospital, additionally confirmed that they acquired a name from the Well being Division saying that as a result of unknown causes, the primary tender was embargoed by the federal government and a brand new tender can be processed shortly, after which the Heath Division awarded it to Indus Hospital.
In response to Ex-Director Public Personal Partnership Ehsanullah Wazir, the whole strategy of the qualification and scoring was carried out by non-technical committee members outdoors the bid validity interval.
Director of Hussaini Blood Band, Dr Asad Ali stated that “though we acquired the very best technical rating, because of our board of governor’s choice we withdrew the contract.”
In the meantime, Minister of Well being Dr Sikander Ali Mandhro has assured he’ll probe the whole course of.
On the similar time, Karachi and Nawabshah RBCs can be put by way of a re-tender.
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