2672 Blood Banks, mostly clustered around Urban Areas: Health minister
New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released the list of blood banks in India which are licensed and are government authorized. The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey through a written reply in the Lok Sabha informed the parliament about the same.
The minister informed that currently there are 2672 functional blood banks in the country, inequitably distributed across all States. The minister stated that these are clustered in urban and semi-urban locations
The details of licensed blood banks in India, State/UT-wise up to June 2017 is given below:
Number of licensed blood bank in India State / UT wise up to June 2017
|S.NO||NAME OF STATE||Public (including Govt. Blood Banks)||Private (including charitable trust Blood Bank)||TOTAL|
|1.||Andaman & Nicobar||02||01||03|
|8||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||-||01||01|
|9||Daman & Diu||01||01||02|
|10||NCT of Delhi||23||46||69|
|15||Jammu & Kashmir||25||04||29|
*Data up to Oct.-2016
A nationwide baseline assessment was carried out in 2016 which indicated 2672 functional blood banks in the country, inequitably distributed across all States.
The blood banks are clustered in urban and semi-urban locations in all districts barring 74 in accordance with availability of secondary and tertiary health infrastructure in both government and private sectors especially to manage conditions such as genetic blood disorders, cancer and complex surgeries where there is greater need for blood.
As per WHO norms, if 1-3 % of population donates, the basic blood requirement of a country can be met. There is no norm for number of blood banks per million population.
Health is a State subject. Under National Health Mission (NHM), financial and technical support is provided to States including for strengthening blood services and setting up blood banks in district hospitals as per proposals received from State Governments in their Programme Implementation plans.