Regional Blood Centre Sukkur Inaugurated on February 14, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

                                      Sindh Health Minister and KfW Country Director

                                   Inaugurate German funded Sukkur Regional Blood Centre

                                                           February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018, Dr. Skindar Ali Mandhro, Health Minister Sindh and Mr. Wolfgang Moellers inaugurated the modern Regional Blood Centre in Sukkur developed by EPOS Health Management with the German government grant through KFW Development Bank. Ms. Stefanie Peters, Senior Project Manager KfW for Asia, Dr. Nachtnebel Mathias, Technical Expert, Dr. Masuma Zaidi, Health Sector Coordinator, KFW Pakistan, Prof. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator, Safe Blood Transfusion Programme and Zahid Mahmood Team Leader EPOS were also present. The Secretary Health Sindh Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Dr. Zahid Hasan Ansari, Provincial Manager and Dr. Muhammad Naeem, President, Sukkur Blood & Drugs Donating Society hosted the inauguration ceremony.

The Sukkur Blood Centers is among the 10 Regional Blood Centers developed with the German government grant of Rs. 2 Billion (15 million Euro) through KfW as part of the establishment of a nationwide network of 10 modern blood centers and up-gradation of 59 existing hospital-based blood banks all over the country in the first phase of the Safe Blood Transfusion Project (SBTP). The second phase of the Project, the scope and coverage will be expanded with continued Germen support of Rs. 1.3 Billion (10 million Euro). In Sindh, four RBCs one each in Sukkur, Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Karachi have been developed and 24 hospital blood banks provided new blood storage equipment with German grant of Rs. 600 million (5.2 million Euro). In Phase II, 3 public sector blood banks i.e. JPMC Karachi, Civil Hospital Karachi and Civil Hospital Korangi and up to 2 NGO blood banks will be up-graded and strengthened with German grant of Rs. 87 million (0.674 million Euro).

Speaking on the occasion the Health Minister expressed his appreciation to the German Government and KfW for the gift of 4 Regional Blood Centres to the people of the Sindh. They appreciated Germen delegation for especially coming to Sukkur for the Inauguration ceremony. The Minister acknowledged Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Health and his team’s commitment in steering the Blood Project with exemplary zeal and devotion. The Health Minister committed full support for the smooth functioning of the new Regional Blood Centres and the implementation of the Blood Programme in the province. Minister promised to operationalise the remaining 3 RBCs of Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Karachi in coming months. To achieve the quality standard and ensure supply safe blood, he said the management of the Sukkur Regional Blood Centre is out-sourced to Sukkur Blood and Drug Donating Society and Jamshoro to the Indus Hospital under the private-public-partnership. The Health Minister appealed the local population especially youth to donate voluntary blood to the regional blood centres.

The KfW Country Director congratulated the Health Minister and Secretary Health for their keen interest in the implementation of the Blood Project in their province as well as for organizing the inauguration of the RBC Sukkur. He expressed the hope that these Centers will herald a new era of blood safety for the people of Sindh. He termed the Safe Blood Transfusion Project a ‘success story’ and appreciated the untiring efforts of the federal and provincial governments in making the project a success. He said, German Government through KfW has contributed 25 million Euros (PKR 3.3 Billion) to support the blood safety reforms initiated by all the provinces/federating units of Pakistan. Out of 3.3 billion, Sindh province has received about Rs. 687 million. He urged Sindh Government to immediately operationalise the RBCs of Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Karachi.

In his remarks, Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary, Health Sindh thanked the German government and KfW for supporting the safe blood project in Sindh and assured full operationalisation of all the 4 regional blood centres and promotion of voluntary donations. He also thanked the Minister Health for their keen interest and support extended in the operationalization of Regional Blood Centres. He said, without German Government’s generous support, we may not have modern RBCs in Sukkur, Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Karachi and modern equipment in our 24 hospital blood banks of Sindh. The Sindh Government has taken responsibility of running the modern regional blood centres and contributed Rs. 252 million for staffing, consumables, utilities, and 8 cold chain vehicles and other operating costs. The Sindh government will provide annual running cost of over Rs. 175 million for these 4 RBCs.

He also appreciated the support provided by EPOS and GOPA German consulting companies for the design and implementation of the project. He also appreciated the efforts of Sukkur Blood and Drugs Donating Society and Dr. Zahid Hasan Ansari for immediate operationalisation of Sukkur RBC on a short notice. After the inaugural ceremony, the guests visited different sections of the Sukkur Regional Blood Center and inspected the modern facility.