Regional Blood Centre Quetta was inaugurated by the then Health Minister Balochistan Mir Rahmat Saleh Baloch on March 8th, 2017. The Quetta Blood Center is one of the 10 Regional Blood Centers developed by the German Government as part of the establishment of a nationwide network of 10 modern blood centers and up-gradation of 59 existing hospital based blood banks all over the country in the first phase of the Safe Blood Transfusion Project. The second phase of the Project has now started in which the scope and coverage will be expanded with continued Germen support. In Balochistan, during the Phase II more Blood Centers will be established in Turbat and Loralai in addition to strengthening of the existing private sector blood banks. The RBC Quetta is equipped with modern, sophisticated medical equipment and has well trained and qualified staff to ensure the safe transfusion of blood as per the international standards. RBC has a capacity of collecting more than 50,000 blood donations per year and serves as blood procurement and distribution centre ensuring quality systems to regulate all activities which involve mobilization and retention of voluntary and regular blood donors, maintenance of donor database, collection of blood donations as well as processing, screening, testing, component preparation and storage of the prepared components. The blood is collected from voluntary blood donors on walk-in basis as well as through blood camps arranged by the donor motivation and recruitment teams of RBC visiting educational institutions and other public places.
The collected blood is screened for Hepatitis B, C, AIDS, Syphilis and malaria on Chemiluninescense (CLIA) technology. From every unit of blood collected at least three blood components are produced to save three different lives. The RBC Quetta is licensed by the Quetta Blood Transfusion Authority (QBTA) to maintain the standards of blood transfusion services.
RBC Quetta regularly arranges various awareness seminars and activities in different educational institutes of the region to promote voluntary blood donations. Rationale use of blood and component therapy is also activity promoted in close coordination with the clinicians. The RBC also organizes capacity building workshops, trainings and seminars for clinicians and technicians in the region. As a result of the impressive performance of the RBC, commercial blood banking widely prevalent in the region earlier has been eliminated and the patients as well as their service providers has received much needed relief.
The RBC has been visited by the Health Minister, local dignitaries and other national and international dignitaries. They not only appreciated the services being provided but were also impressed with the quality of services in the RBC.