China will spend Yn2.25bn to upgrade the nation’s blood screening centres, Xinhua reported. The centres will be used to better screen for HIV, hepatitis and other bloodborne viruses. The State Development Planning Commission will provide Yn1.25bn, with the remainder coming from provincial and local overnments. The new centres will enable the government to meet a key target of its Aids plan, that by the end of this year all blood for clinical use will be supplied by authorised blood collection centres or accredited medical institutions.
The government has also signed a deal worth Yn396m with equipment manufacturers to obtain 18 types of blood collection and screening equipment as well as mobile collection stations, People’s Daily said.