Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blood Transfusion Authority (KPBTA) has initiated the process of regulation of blood transfusion services in the province under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blood Transfusion Authority Act of 2016. In the first phase, seven blood banks in Peshawar were inspected on 8th and 9th of April, 2019. The inspection team included representatives of Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA) and KPBTA’s Inspectors and officials. The inspected blood banks included those functioning in Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Rehman Medical Institute, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Institute of Kidney Diseases, Burns and Plastic Surgery Center and Regional Blood Center Peshawar. All the blood banks inspected extended their full support and cooperation to the inspection team and appreciated their suggestions and recommendations for improvements.
Members of KPBTA were notified in 2017 and Dr. Jamal Abdul Nasir was appointed its first Chief Executive Officer. KPBTA’s central office was established in the premises of Regional Blood Center Peshawar. Some technical and administrative staff was hired, budget was approved and funds were released by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Haematologists from different public sector hospitals and technical experts were nominated as inspection committee members for the Authority. Advertisements were placed in the press to invite applications for registration of all public and private sectors’ blood banks functioning in the province.
KPBTA has established regular coordination with IBTA and technical assistance is being provided to KPBTA under the guidance of Prof. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, Chairman IBTA, for establishing KPBTA on strong footings. The joint inspections of blood banks on 8th and 9th of April, 2019 were a part of the technical assistance being provided to KPBTA.
The inspected blood banks included one in private sector and six in public sector. The general inspection findings were that there was duplication of work in the public sector which was consuming the limited financial and human resources and facilities.
The inspection reports will be documenting the inspection findings and essentially recommending strengthening of linkages between Regional Blood Center Peshawar, developed through the financial support of the German Government, and hospital based blood banks functioning in major public sector hospitals.