In 1950, Dr. Muhammad Atab Uddin established the 1st Blood Bank at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh. Later in 1968 a Blood Bank was opened at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established the Central Blood Transfusion Service Center at IPGM&R (now BSMMU) Dhaka in 1972. In 1952, the Executive Committee of the 1st Blood Transfusion Service Committee was formed. In 1976 the government formed the Bangladesh National Council of Blood Transfusion Service. Blood Transfusion Society of Bangladesh was formed in 1989.
The DBS&T (Diploma in Blood Group Serology and Transfusion) course was opened in 1972 under Dhaka University. MTM (Masters in Transfusion Medicine) and MD (Doctors of Medicine) courses were opened in 1997 under Dhaka University and in 1997 under BSMMU, MCPS and FCPS degrees were opened from BCPS in 2007. Following the publication of Bangladesh Gazette 1995, 2002, 2005 Act, SRO No. 145-Act/2008-Safe Blood Transfusion Act, 2002, the Government, in consultation with the National Safe Blood Transfusion Council, enacted the “Safe Blood Transfusion Rules 2008”.
Transfusion Medicine Department of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, giving 24 hrs. emergency service to the blood donors, indoor patients, non-govt. clinics & hospital. It also giving service to OPD patients & day care transfusion patients during day time. Department gives services regarding patient’s & donor’s blood grouping, screening & cross matching, patient’s irregular antibody detection, warm & cold autoantibody detection, Coombs’ test, haemolysin test, Du test, blood component preparation, blood donor selection, motivation & counseling with post donation care & refreshment to the donor. Department also provides teaching programme for undergraduate & post- graduate students as well as training programme for Medical Technologists.
a) To provide highest quality of therapeutic and diagnostic transfusion medicine services for the patients
b) To assure reliable and economical supply of safe blood by providing standard and acceptable hemotherapy services
c) To provide an outstanding education in all aspects of blood banking and transfusion medicine and prepare fellows for a career in a blood center or in a hospital transfusion service, either in an academic center or in a community hospital.
d) To provide support to Govt. initiatives in achieving its objectives and promote research and education programs in transfusion medicine and also to provide consultative services for the state and the country in the field of Transfusion Medicine.
To be the leaders and to maintain good standards in the field of Transfusion Medicine, to assist the clinicians by providing safe, affordable and highest quality of blood and blood products to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and neighboring hospitals, to undertake therapeutic procedures for critically ill neurological, nephrological and medical patients to develop skilled man power for the state and the country in the specialty and to cater for patient care through research.
List of services given to the patients:
I) Undergraduate Teaching: MBBS Student:
A) Group placement for 3rd year MBBS students: 15 days.
B) Lecture class for 5th year students: 05
II) Post-graduate teaching:
Placement for MD/Phil/Diploma in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: 15 days
III) Training Program for Medical Technologists (Lab) from Govt. & Non-Govt institute.
BSc- 02 weeks & Diploma- 04 weeks
Presentation at Departmental Scientific seminar in 2021:
Every month on 1st Sunday scientific session & dialogue among the doctors and all staff of the department in the Head of the department’s room, RMCH.
Individual doctors of this department carry out research and publish their work regularly in Medical Journals of home and abroad.
Ongoing research in 2022: Prevalence of HBV carrier by detecting HBc Ab of HBV among HBsAg seronegative Blood donors.
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