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Delhi plasma bank to open in 2 days, says Arvind Kejriwal

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

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Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020, 02.24 PM IST
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Plasma bank to be set up in Delhi for treatment of COVID-19 patients: Arvind Kejriwal
Plasma bank to be set up in Delhi for treatment of COVID-19 patients: Arvind Kejriwal
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NEW DELHI: After successful results of convalescent plasma therapy trials in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced Delhi will open a plasma bank to help critically ill patients find suitable donors.

The plasma bank would be housed in Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and is likely to be opened in two days by Wednesday. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Kejriwal said, “Over the last few days we have seen that people are running around to find suitable plasma donors. People are panicking. So we have decided to open a plasma bank. It won’t be just the government hospitals which would have access to this bank. Any person with a written prescription for plasma therapy can get plasma from here.”

Delhi was the first state to initiate clinical trials for convalescent plasma therapy, which involves drawing plasma from the whole blood of a cured Covid-19 patient 2-3 weeks after he has recovered. In this case, once a Covid-19 patient gets a negative report, he has to wait for two weeks to donate his plasma. The therapy works as a passive immunity system. This plasma, which has antibodies to fight off Covid-19 infection, is then given to the patient. “We conducted plasma therapy trials on 29 patients in LNJP and we have got encouraging results. A private hospital in Delhi conducted this on 49 patients and 46 got cured,” Kejriwal said adding that Centre has given permission to use plasma therapy for more patients.

Kejriwal appealed to cured Covid patients to come forward and donate plasma. “You can save lives,”he said adding, “There is no greater service to God than to save a life.” Delhi government would bear the travel expense of plasma donors who donate at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. Ït would take just 45 minutes. Come forward and donate plasma,” Kejriwal said.

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