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Plasma Bank in Delhi

Delhi government will establish a plasma bank to fight the coronavirus and also urging those who have recovered from the infection to donate plasma to help other patients; The state government will arrange transportation to the plasma bank for those wishing to donate.

“The Delhi government will establish a plasma bank, I ask people to donate plasma to save the lives of -19 patients,”

Arvind Kejriwal said at a press conference,

Adding that the plasma bank will work in the capital next two business days. He said the state government has so far conducted clinical trials of on 29 patients with coronavirus, and the results were encouraging.

“I ask everyone (who has recovered from the coronavirus) that it is rare that they can save lives. I ask you to come and make a donation. This is the true service of God,”

said the Chief Minister.
  • The plasma bank, which will be located at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science in Vasant Kunj, south of Delhi, will serve as the coordination between donors and recipients of plasma, the government will set up a hotline for inquiries about donating plasma.
  • One of the most widely discussed methods of treating the disease caused by the new coronavirus is plasma therapy, which involves the transfusion of plasma from a convalescent coronavirus patient to a critically ill patient.
  • The blood of a recovering patient is rich in antibodies produced by the body to fight the virus, which should help the critically ill patient to recover.
  • Delhi, the state with the second highest number of coronavirus cases in India, has seen a disturbing increase in cases in recent weeks. Delhi recorded 2,889 new infections and 65 deaths on Sunday, bringing the state's death toll to 83,077 cases.
  • Delhi reported the first success of plasma therapy in India when a 49-year-old man who had received coronavirus treatment was removed from the ventilator support. Plasma therapy clinical trials began in Delhi in April.
  • The center called it an experimental procedure and said “that there was no concrete evidence to support plasma therapy as a treatment for coronaviruses.”
  • However, it has been reported that patients with COVID-19 are cured after undergoing treatment.

What is Plasma Therapy?

  • The use of plasma therapy involves the injection of plasma from blood components taken from a patient with a cured coronavirus in a positive case. The plasma of a healed patient is considered to contain antibodies to the virus that increase the immune system's response to the disease.
  • Plasma is the almost clear liquid that remains after the elimination of red and white blood cells and platelets from the blood. Anyone cured with Covid could donate plasma, and active Covid patients admitted to private and government hospitals could benefit.
  • But only a doctor can recommend plasma therapy, and no Covid patient can look for it at random. After the recommendation, the hospital in question must inform ILBS for plasma.
  • “Last week, the Plasma therapy at Lok Nayak Hospital has helped reduce the death rate by around 50%. Data shared by the government on Sunday showed that the public hospital has witnessed 51 deaths in the week of June 20 to 26, up from 100 deaths from June 6 to 12.
  • The Delhi government also obtained Center approval for 200 more plasma therapy trials, after which they also closed Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital.
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