JAMMU, July 14: Son of the soil Dr Surinder Singh, Director, National Institute of Biologicals, has been awarded with Dr B C Roy Memorial Award -2014.
In recognition of the excellent contributions made by Dr Singh towards blood safety programme in India, he was honoured with this prestigious award by the Federation of Blood Donor Organization of India, Kolkata, during the recently held CME at Science City, Kolkata.
Dr Surinder Singh, who belongs to Reasi in J&K, is credited with implementing `Haemovigilance’ – a set of surveillance procedures covering the whole transfusion chain from the collection of blood and its components to the follow-up of its recipients. It is an important tool for improving safe blood transfusion practices in a country.
The Haemovigilance Programme of India (HvPI) was launched on December 10, 2012 in the country. The National Coordinating Centre of this programme is at National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), Noida, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and it is being implemented by Dr Surinder Singh, Director Incharge NIB in collaboration with Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission with the budgetary support from Pharmacovigilance Programme of India. At present 154 centres (Medical Colleges (Govt. & Private), Institutions, Hospitals (Govt. & Private) and Blood Banks are enrolled under this programme.
An indigenous software, “Haemo-vigil” has been developed by IT team of NIB for collecting and collating transfusion reaction data from the enrolled centres. Further, 15 CMEs have been organized since April-2013 in Medical Institutions / organizations in various parts of the country to create awareness amongst health care professionals and stake holders about importance of safe blood transfusion practices.
Haemovigilance programme of India will benefit public health system by assuring donor & recipient safety, promote safe blood transfusion & blood product administration practices and assure overseas patients seeking medical interventions in India about safe blood transfusion practices.