That's why we've thought of linking them together through online and work has already been started," West Bengal Health Services Director Biswaranjan Satpathy told PTI. Hopefully the website would be ready very soon, Satpathy said. State Blood Transfusion Council Joint Director (Blood Safety) Dr Arabinda Bala said that Webel had been given the responsibility to build the portal and it was expected to be launched by next January.
The portal would provide complete detail of the stock of blood in the 58 state-run blood banks specifying its group. So a person requiring blood of a specific group would be able to know from which blood bank he could get it without visiting them. There were cases in which a patient could not be saved because the specific group of blood he needed was not available in certain blood banks, though it was available in another, an official at the state Health department said.
"This portal will help one to track the stock and get the blood in time," he said. It would also provide a donor's details, which would help officials to contact him in time of blood shortage, he said. In fact, once the portal was ready organisers of blood camps would have to apply online for holding camps, he said.