Obtaining blood for that crucial operation has just become easier. In fact, you can even source it with a mouseclick.

The Maharashtra state government on Wednesday launched a website providing online access to the services of all blood banks across the state. The website—first of its kind in India—was unveiled at the felicitation ceremony at YB Chavan auditorium of blood donors, each of whom have donated more than 100 times.

Blood banks can also post on this website information about their services, including details of blood stocks. The website— www.mahasbtc.com—will be managed by the state blood transfusion council (SBTC). The council will post all news on the portal to keep surfers abreast with the working of the SBTC. “Online blood donor registration and easy information about blood banks the unique features of this site,� said James Lorence, head, software division, Galaxy Global InfoTech, which built the website.