Chandigarh: Chandigarh will soon have fourthBlood Component Separation Unit (BCSU). The National AIDSControl Organization (NACO), New Delhi, have given its nod forsetting up one unit in Government Multi Speciality Hospital,Sector 16. Out of the four blood banks in Chandigarh, exceptfor the one at GMCH-16, all others have blood separation units.Earlier, NACO had upgraded the PGI to a Model BloodBank, the GMCH-32 Blood Bank and the Rotary-37 Blood Bankto the status of BCSU’s. It may be noted that a bank thatcollects 5,000 units of blood or more in a year, can apply for aBCSU.Disclosing this here today, Dr. Saroj Aggarwal, In Charge,Blood Bank GMSH-16 Chandigarh, said that the HealthDepartment had sent a proposal to NACO in 2009 forupgradation of blood bank GMSH-16 from a Major Blood Bankto a Blood Component Separation Unit, for approval.“Acting fast on the follow up to NACO nod, we have builtup a case for the infrastructure required for the unit, and sentthe proposal to NACO. The cost running into Rs. 45 to Rs. 50lakh, will be mainly borne by NACO, and partially by thedepartment. It is a NACO supported Blood Bank” Dr. Aggarwalsaid.Dr. M.S. Bains, Director Health Services, UTAdministration said that during the past three years, bloodtransfusion services had been aggressively upgraded andexpanded in Chandigarh. The city tops States and UTs in bloodcollection with a voluntary collection of 82 percent.Dr. Bains explained that blood, donated by a donor forblood transfusion purpose, was taken in a bag containingcitrate phosphate of components such as red blood cells (RBC),platelet rich plasma, platelet concentrates and cryoprecipitate.In its natural use, one unit can be used only on a single patientand there is every chance of the blood being going waste.“With the component separation facility, the GMSH-16 willbe self sufficient on its own as well as for patients in otherhospitals. It would facilitate the use of one unit of blood bythree to four patients as per the need of the patients.” addedDr. Bains.