Pakistan: Hospital Blood Bank Equipment Acceptance Workshops

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In the context of the KfW-funded “Pakistan Safe Blood Transfusion Project”, EPOS Health Management organised two workshops on “Inspection, Acceptance and Commissioning of Hospital Blood Bank Equipment” in Karachi on October 28, 2014 and in Islamabad on October 30, 2014. The workshops were attended by nearly 50 blood bank professionals, laboratory technicians and pathologists from the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Supplier representatives from M/s Pak Glorious and Global Marketing also attended the workshops.

Prof. Dr. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Dr. Zahid Hasan Ansari, Secretary Blood Transfusion Authority – Sindh, addressed the participants. They highlighted how the Government of Pakistan and provincial Governments, with the financial and technical assistance of KfW-German Development Bank and GIZ, is implementing a five-year Safe Blood Transfusion Project in all the five provinces and state of AJK. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the spread of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTI) caused by unsafe blood transfusions. The purpose of the project is to setup a Safe Blood Transfusion System along the lines of international models by strengthening organisation and physical structure in all provinces/states. The reform of the blood transfusion system will particularly benefit low-income groups. The project’s national team leader, Zahid Mahmood, gave a detailed overview of the project’s progress, addressing the role of the hospital based blood banks and providing a construction update on the state-of-the-art regional blood centres.

Equipment maintenance expert Jennifer Fung Yin Ping conducted the workshops with assistance from Asma Arshad. Workshop highlights included 1) the process and methodology for delivery, inspection & installation 2) management of equipment during warranty period and 3) equipment maintenance and training.

Workshop participants were provided with the list of equipment to be delivered to their blood bank along with training materials that included documents/forms to be completed at time of delivery, installation, pre-commissioning and testing of equipment.