Delhi to get India’s first plasma bank to help COVID-19 patients: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): A plasma bank will be set up in Delhi to help COVID-19 patients in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said adding that, “this will probably be the first plasma bank of the country.”

While addressing a virtual press briefing, Arvind Kejriwal said, “The plasma bank will start operation in the next 2-3 days. I appeal to Covid-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma.”

Delhi CM urged the people who have recovered from the infection to donate plasma to help other patients. He also assured that the state government will arrange conveyance to the plasma bank for those willing to donate.

Use of plasma therapy involves injecting blood-component plasma extracted from a cured coronavirus patient into a positive case. The plasma of a cured patient is considered to carry virus-fighting antibodies which boost the immune system’s response to the disease.

The plasma bank, which will be at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, will serve the purpose of coordination between plasma donors and recipients, Arvind Kejriwal said.

He also said that a helpline will be set up by the government for queries related to donation of plasma.

So far, a total of 83,077 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Delhi while the death toll has reached 2,623, according to Health Ministry data.

-CHK