As Delhi got India’s first Plasma bank opened last week more states are looking for the same. The latest in the list is Punjab which is looking for a Plasma bank. The State government of Punjab on Thursday gave the go-ahead for the establishment of the bank as plasma therapy is showing potential against COVID-19.
Thorugh video conferencing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh approved the proposal. The proposed Plasma bank would serve as a ready inventory source for seriously ill patients or those at risk of severe disease, said Singh. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is already conducting a Plasma Therapy test in the state.
As per reports from The Hindu 15 patients recruited for the trial, 8 were given plasma. Five of those patients have recovered completely and shall be discharged soon. Punjab is witnessing a rise in the number of cases as with 258 cases getting reported on Wednesday, including 11 PCS-cadre officers and other senior officers.
Punjab so far has reported 7,140 cases with 2,012 recoveries and around 183 deaths. Out of the new cases, 57 and 42, were reported from Ludhiana and Patiala districts respectively. Overall India is closing in on 8 lakh cases with a new single-day record being set in the last 24 hours. As Plasma therapy is showing results this state is looking to get its Plasma bank after Delhi got the country’s first last week.