<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JJ Hospital’s blood bank in Byculla is yet to get a renew​ed licence for its ​blood bank from the Food and Drug Administration, as per data from the ​State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC).According to data on the SBTC website, the licence of JJ Hospital blood bank had an expiry date of December 2016. After a second appeal ​was ​filed by RTI activist Chetan Kothari, the State Information Commission (SIC) had ordered the SBTC to upload relevant data of ​all blood banks​ on their website by August 2017.The head of the JJ Hospital blood bank Dr RV Taksande said​ that the renewal process ​is underway and will be given a new license soon.“The license renewal process takes time. We had already applied for renewal. The documents have been sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which had visited the blood bank for inspection more than two times. They had pointed out a few deficiencies and wanted us to make changes. We had already implemented the changes and are expecting a renewal soon,” he said.Unless the license has been cancelled, blood banks can continue functioning. According to the statistical data on the SBTC website, JJ Hospital’s blood bank had a total blood storage capacity of around 1,000 to 1,200 units from January to June 2017.The total amount of blood collected voluntarily is 2,972 units​, while the total amount utilised ​is ​3,030 units and 267 units ​were discarded. Licenses​ of few other civic-run hospital’s blood bank​s​ located in south Mumbai are about to expire by the end of this year.BLOOD UNIT STATS AT ITS BLOOD BANK1,000 to 1,200 units
(Jan-June 2017)
Total blood storage capacity
2,972 units​
Of blood collected voluntarily
3,030 units
267 units
Were discarded Source: SBTC websiteNEARING EXPIRYBlood Banks in south Mumbai whose license are set to expire by this include:St. George HospitalNair HospitalCama Hospital

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JJ Hosp yet to get renewed licence for blood bank