Sri Lanka to upgrade blood bank

May 24, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will spend 32 million US dollars to upgrade the country’s state-run blood bank with financial assistance from The Netherlands, minister Lakshman Abeywardene said. Sri Lanka’s national blood transfusion service will get new freezing facilities which can keep blood and components up to 10 years, he said.

The national blood transfusion service provides blood to both state-run and privately owned hospitals, minister Abeywardene said.

The cabinet of ministers had also approved a plan by health minister Maithripala Sirisena to upgrade the water purification plant for 236 million rupees at special cancer hospital in Maharagama near Colombo, he said.