Delhi CM inaugurates India's first Plasma Bank: Who can donate plasma and how?
Plasma Bank: To donate plasma, the eligible people can contact the state government at 1031 or WhatsApp at 8800007722.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated India's first 'Plasma Bank' through video conference on July 2, 2020. The plasma bank has been set up for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi.
The Delhi Government had announced its intention to set up the unique plasma bank on June 29. The Delhi CM had issued an appeal to all recovered COVID-19 patients to come forward and donate their plasma in the bank to help in the treatment of other coronavirus patients.
Who can donate plasma?
Plasma can be donated by those who had contracted COVID-19 and have now fully recovered. The recovered COVID-19 patients have antibodies in their blood, which protects them against the virus and get healthy. The plasma taken from such patients is noted to have had a positive impact on the existing coronavirus patients, enabling them to recover faster.
Eligibility criteria for donation of Plasma:
1. The recovered COVID-19 patients between the age of 18-60 years with weight above 50 kg are eligible to donate their plasma.
2. People with co-morbidities or women who have given birth are not eligible to donate plasma.
How to Donate Plasma?
To donate plasma, the eligible people can contact the state government at 1031 or WhatsApp at 8800007722. The government doctors will then get in touch with the person and confirm their eligibility. The Delhi government has also announced that it will take care of all the travel and food arrangements of the plasma donor.
Plasma Bank: Key Highlights
• This is India’s first plasma bank to treat coronavirus patients. The bank has been set up to strengthen Delhi’s fight against coronavirus pandemic. All hospitals will be able to get plasma from the bank.
• The Delhi CM announced that anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor or a hospital. The plasma will not be given without a doctor’s consent. The citizens will not be able to contact the plasma bank directly if they want to undergo the therapy. The concerned doctor or hospital must approach the plasma bank directly.
• Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has requested all the coronavirus patients to come forward and donate their plasma to save lives.
Just reviewed Delhi govt's new Plasma Bank. It is world class and modern. Donors are being taken care of very well by staff. I urge recovered Corona patients to come forward and donate their plasma. https://t.co/0yeVwCIx5H— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 2, 2020
• The Delhi government has offered to make all the transport arrangements for the recovered COVID-19 patients who wish to donate their plasma.
• Kejriwal, however, reiterated that plasma therapy, though effective, may not necessarily help save the lives of severely-ill COVID patients with co-morbidities. It may, however, have a positive impact on moderately-ill coronavirus patients.
The Delhi CM had announced around two months ago that the capital is conducting trials of plasma therapy. The capital had conducted a clinical trial of plasma therapy on 29 COVID-1 patients and the results were submitted to the centre. It was observed that plasma therapy helps normalise the oxygen level and respiratory level among COVID-19 patients. Based on the trials, the centre allowed several hospitals in Delhi to conduct plasma therapy.
Currently, Delhi is one of the worst COVID-19-affected states in the country. The city has recorded a total of 83,077 coronavirus cases, among which 27,847 are active cases, over 52,000 people have been cured and discharged and 2,623 people have lost their lives to the virus.