Delhi govt to start 'Plasma Bank' for treatment of COVID19 patients, says CM Kejriwal

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the state government has decided to start a 'Plasma Bank' for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. 

 

As per the report, the Plasma Bank will start operation in the next two days and will be set-up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi.

“A shortage of plasma for the Covid-19 therapy was seen. To address this shortage, the government decided to set up a plasma bank”, Arvind Kejriwal said.

Arvind Kejriwal also urged those who have recovered to come forward and donate plasma to help other patients.

 "I appeal to COVID-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma. Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has so far conducted a clinical trial of plasma therapy on 29 COVID-19 patients and the results were good.

"Delhi was the first state in the country to undertake trials of plasma therapy. We did trials on 29 people and the results were very good. Two things happen in corona, one the oxygen level drops and the second is that respiration level increases. It was observed that if the plasma is given then it increases in the level of oxygen and respiration level also decreases", CM said.

"Those who are cured of corona can give plasma. Their blood has anti-bodies which saves from corona. So if the plasma is given from these people to corona patients then such patients recover. So the Delhi government has decided to make plasma bank in the national capital. It will be the first plasma bank in the country," Delhi Chief Minister said. 

The chief minister said that a helpline will be set up by the government for queries related to donation of plasma.

The convalescent plasma therapy aims at using antibodies from the blood of a recovered Covid-19 patient to treat those critically affected by the virus. The therapy can also used to immunise those at a high risk of contracting the virus -- such as health workers, families of patients and other high-risk contacts.

This therapy's concept is simple and is based on the premise that the blood of a patient who has recovered from Covid-19 contains antibodies with the specific ability of fighting novel coronavirus. The theory is that the recovered patient's antibodies, once ingested into somebody under treatment, will begin targetting and fighting the novel coronavirus in the second patient.

Earlier today, Kejriwal also paid tribute to Dr Aseem Gupta, a senior doctor of LNJP Hospital who passed away due to COVID19.

On Sunday, 52-year-old doctor, who served in the front line of the war against the pandemic at the government facility, had died of novel coronavirus infection in an ICU of a private hospital.

The chief minister also announced that a sum of Rs one crore will be given to the family of LNJP Dr Aseem Gupta, who died due to COVID-19.

"We salute his spirit and sacrifice. His family will be given compensation amount of Rs 1 Crore by our government," Kejriwal said.

Delhi is one of the worst COVID-19-affected states in the country. The city has recorded a total of 83,077 cases of COVID-19. While 27,847 of these are active cases, over 52,000 people have been cured/ discharged so far. 2,623 people have lost their lives to the deadly pandemic so far. 

 

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