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Delhi govt. launches India’s first plasma bank at ILBS Hospital

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressing an online media briefing on the coronavirus situation in the national capital on July 1, 2020.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressing an online media briefing on the coronavirus situation in the national capital on July 1, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

To enable the search for plasma donors more systematic, the Delhi government on Thursday inaugurated India’s first plasma bank at ILBS Hospital in Vasant Kunj. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to those who have recovered from COVID-19 to come forward and donate plasma to help others recover.

Mr. Kejriwal said that people were finding it difficult to get plasma and the situation got quite chaotic in Delhi but hoped that it would improve with the inauguration of the plasma bank.

Eligibility checklist

Addressing a digital press briefing, Mr. Kejriwal said that apart from having recovered from COVID-19, there are other conditions the donor needs to fulfil. “They should be between 18-60 years, weigh above 50 kgs and need to have been virus free for over 14 days,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

He added that women who have been pregnant at some time in their life, people with diabetes, hypertension, cancer survivors, those with chronic heart, liver, lung and kidney diseases and high blood pressure cannot donate plasma. He assured people that there are no side effects and that it was completely safe and would only take between 45 minute to an hour of their time.

Donors need to call 1031 or WhatsApp 8800007722 to register and the government will contact donors and see if they are eligible to donate and schedule a time to visit the plasma bank.

Doctor’s prescription

For those wanting plasma, the CM said that the hospital will contact the plasma bank. “People whose family members or relatives are admitted in the hospitals and are advised plasma therapy please do not directly call on 1031 or WhatsApp helpline to seek plasma for therapy,” the CM said. He added that the doctors will prescribe plasma therapy to those patients and the hospital will contact ILBS, and the plasma shall be provided to the hospitals on the basis of the doctor’s prescriptions.

Mr. Kejriwal said that there has been a reduction in number of deaths in Delhi but we need to bring this further down. “Until a vaccine is developed, plasma donation is the only way we can prevent deaths,” he added.

“We are not saying that no casualties will happen because of plasma therapy, but the results have been encouraging and it has shown that it will help reduce the death rate and save lives,” the CM said.

He added that people should be encouraged to donate and dispel all misinformation about plasma donation. “Until now, 58,000 people have recovered from COVID-19. So I urge everyone who is eligible to come forward. You get very less chances of saving someone’s life, if God has given you this chance, please do not hesitate to use it to save a life,” the CM appealed.

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