With pilot projects of emergency medical services having done well in Satara and Sindhudurg, the Maharashtra government plans to improve the same by extending ‘Blood-on-Call’ service to the entire state by August 1, a service which involves blood banks and blood storage units.
All the patient’s relatives or friends have to do is dial ‘102’, and blood from nearby state-run blood banks shall be transported on a motorcycle fitted with ice-box to the hospital where it’s required. The transport department has recently approved of these bikes getting an ambulance status. While the supplied blood will be free of charge, only the blood testing charge of Rs 150/- shall te imposed. When private banks are involved, fixed charges set under the National Blood Policy shall be levied.