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Cabinet gives nod for Plasma Fractionation Centre at Chennai

The Union Cabinet today gave its concurrence for setting up a Plasma Fractionation Centre at Chennai with a capacity to process more than 1.5 lakh litres of plasma at a cost of Rs 250 crore.

The centre will be a state-of-the-art facility with the latest technology and equipment and will meet international standards, an official press release said.

The centre will manufacture all important plasma derivatives which are presently being imported, reducing the country's dependence on imports. At present, the imported plasma derivatives are expensive and not accessible to all the needy patients

The centre will be operated on a self-sustained, non-profit model in the public sector, the release said.

Out of Rs 250 crore, Rs 25 crore will be for building construction; Rs.65 crore for procurement of equipments; Rs.20 crore for manpower and Rs.140 crore for consumables and other recurring expenses.

The time frame for setting up this facility will be co-terminus to Phase-III of National AIDS Control Programme, that is by 2012, the release added.

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