Ensure health facilities in private hospitals remain functional: Centre

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Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has written to the Health Ministers of all the States to ensure assured and uninterrupted blood donation and transfusion services for people with blood disorders such as Thalassemia, Haemophilia and Sickle Cell Anaemia.

States are also advised to ensure that all health facilities, especially in the private sector, remain functional and provide critical services so that such patients who need these critical services do not face any difficulty. States are also informed that it is noticed that many hospitals in the private sector are hesitant to provide critical services like dialysis, blood transfusion, chemotherapy and institutional deliveries to their regular patients, which is not acceptable.

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The Union Minister further advised states to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Union Home Affairs on April 15 that all health services should remain functional during the lockdown period. The movement of service providers may be facilitated, especially for those working in the private sector. Ministry has also issued a detailed guideline with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for dialysis on 7th April 2020 as well as guidelines for blood donation and transfusion on 9th April 2020 which are available on https://www.mohfw.gov.in/