VADODARA: A month-and-half after it was closed down by the Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) of Gujarat, the Suraktam Blood Bank reopened on Tuesday.

Dr R B Bhesania, who runs the blood bank, said the FDCA authorities gave clean chit to their bank after examining the evidence thoroughly. The Indu Blood Bank that was asked to stop functioning last month too was given permission to reopen on February 17.

“We had never accepted or given infected blood to any patient. It was a machine error as the first report done on the basis of ELISA method had come positive. We had run two more tests on blood of the same donors and the results were negative. We had explained it to the FDCA officials but they issued notice to us,” Bhesania told TOI.

“The authorities examined all the evidence and reports and concluded that we hadn’t accepted and given any infected blood. So we have been given permission to resume operations. We will now be following the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) wherein we will have to dispose the blood if it shows any anomaly,” Bhesania said.

“On February 4, a four-member inspection team had come for re-inspection after which we have been issued permission to restart,” Dr Vijay Shah of Indu Blood Bank had said and added that samples of blood collected from donors and transmitted to recipients were again tested. “Their reports are negative.”

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