Amid novel coronavirus pandemic, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for blood transfusion services in the country.
A person who has travel history, contact history or confirmed case of novel coronavirus, has to be excluded from blood donation, says the guidelines.
Social distancing measures should be followed in the blood donation site.
It further said that if a donor reports back to the blood centre or camp organiser within 14 days of donating the blood, experiencing illness suspected to be Covid-19 or is confirmed positive case of coronavirus or his close contact being confirmed with the infection post donation, he must be referred appropriately for further management by the Blood Centre Medical Officer.
The blood or blood components collected from such individuals should be discarded.
Haemovigilance should continue to capture and analyse any adverse events which are associated with blood and blood component transfusion including post donation and post transfusion infections should be reported to Haemovigilance Programme of India (HvPI) of National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) with copies to representative State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) and State Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and properly investigated.
National Blood Transfusion Council of India Director, Dr Shobini Rajan directed all states AIDS control societies and state blood transfusion councils to adapt the guidance.