A state-of-the-art model blood centre has been set up in Kailali's Dhangadi.

Sudurpashim Province Financial Affairs Minister Prakash Bahadur Shah inaugurated the centre set up at the cost of Rs 100 million on the premises of Nepal Red Cross Society today.

The fund for the blood centre was provided by American Embassy and American Army's Asia Pacific Command in coordination with Dhangadi sub-metropolis.

According to Nepal Red Cross Society Kailali branch President Uttam Joshi, the blood centre can store over 2,000 pint of blood. "We've latest machines here for blood group testing," said Joshi.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Shah said the newly set-up blood centre would not only help the patients in Sudurpaschim Province but also neighbouring provinces. "Setting up such a blood centre of such a level is a good thing to happen; the provincial government is willing to lend any help if required," he said.

Dhangadi sub-metropolis Mayor Nripa Bahadur Wada said he was happy to see a model blood centre coming into operation in Dhangadi. "This centre will definitely ease blood supply in the province, but as we need a huge fund to run this centre regularly, I hereby urge the provincial government for help," he said.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 17 2021, of The Himalayan Times.