5 government hospitals in Kathmandu to provide poor families with blood for free

A pint of blood after blood donation. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A pint of blood. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Kathmandu, June 17

The impoverished families admitted to designated five government hospitals in Kathmandu will get blood for transfusion free of cost from June 15.

Those targeted communities receiving treatment at Kanti Children’s Hospital at Maharajgunj and Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital will get the blood, whose price has recently increased, for free.

Earlier, the service was already available at Bir Hospital, Chaneshwari Hospital (Tokha) and Kirtipur Hospital.

The Central Blood Transfusion Service Centre run by the Nepal Red Cross Society and District Health Office, Kathmandu, signed an agreement for the expansion of the service at two additional health facilities. The centre’s director Divyaraj Poudel and DHO Kathmandu’s Chief Basanta Adhikari inked the agreement.

The Bagmati provincial government will bear the expenses for the same.

The free blood service will be expanded to the government hospitals in other districts of the province also, according to officials.

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