The Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) is in talks with the National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) to implement the much-awaited Haemovigilance Program of India (HvPI) in the state to accomplish blood safety through its 145 blood donation centers and 134 blood storage centers.
Blood donation centers and hospitals are required to enroll in HvPI, however intentionally, to ensure the safety of donors and beneficiaries during blood transfusion to evade and avoid adverse events. In any case, the irony is that after its launch five years prior, only 900 out of around 3,000 authorized blood donation centers in the country have enlisted.
HvPI plans to distinguish trends in adverse reactions and events, in this manner to form transfusion policy, target areas for improvement practically speaking, stimulate research and bring awareness of transfusion hazards.
There are a total of 3,000 authorized blood donation centers in the country which should be enlisted with HvPI for blood safety. According to the HvPI, blood donation centers are encouraged with a unique ID and password through an online platform created and executed by NIB as a team with the ministry of data and technology with help from National Informatics Center (NIC).
HvPI at the national level was propelled on December 10, 2012, by NIB, working under the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) to track adverse reactions related with blood transfusion and blood product administration.
Further on this, the union health ministry has additionally upscaled and consolidated the project by propelling haemovigil and donor-vigil software as a part of expanding HvPI towards complete reporting of adverse transfusion reactions in both blood recipients and blood donors.
With the coming up of National Blood Donor Vigilance Program (NBDVP), HvPI has additionally expanded access with blood donors and recipients completely in all blood donation centers the country over which was before restricted till reporting of transfusion reactions in blood recipients as it were.
This would expand the scope of Haemovigilance in the country which began from a scratch with the sole reason for collecting information identified with blood transfusion reactions from blood donors.
In spite of the fact that having been propelled in June 2015, NBDVP is imagined to supplement HvPI which currently generates reports of blood recipient related adverse reaction through a Transfusion Reaction Reporting Form (TRRF). This is then connected by means of haemovigil software to NIB.