Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal, in a virtual press conference on Monday announced that the Delhi goverenemnt will set up a plasma bank in Delhi to help in speedy treatment of COVID-19 patients.
He added that 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.
“I appeal to COVID-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma… Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor,” Kejriwal said.
For the unaware, plasma therapy, over the months, has proven beneficial in tackling COVID-19. Those patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. Hence, such people are asked to donate their plasma.
This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections and is quite effective.
Kejriwal has 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.
The announcement comes amidst Delhi becoming the worst affected in terms of cases in the country. The UT 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.