With worrisome hike in the number of active cases of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delhi, Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced, on Monday, June 29, the installation of ‘Plasma Banks’ in the Union Territory. He urged the recovered COVID-19 patients to come forward and donate their plasma to strengthen the fight against the deadly China-originated virus. The most discussed and considerable method to treat COVID-19, the Convalescent Plasma Therapy is an experimental treatment conducted on the patients infected by severe Corona Virus disease. As known, no drug has been discovered yet to take on the deadly virus, those claimed to be effective are yet to get government approval.
The Plasma therapy uses existential anti-bodies, proteins that a human body uses to fight the infections caused by the disease in the blood of the COVID-19 patient. Convalescent Plasma is a liquid portion of the blood of a COVID-19 recovered patient. Researchers claim that Convalescent Plasma helps severely infected COVID-19 patients to boost their ability to fight against the virus, if not completely recover from it.
Implementation of clinical trials of Plasma Therapy in Delhi started in April as a result of which a 49-year old man was taken off the ventilator after receiving treatment for CoronaVirus in the experimental procedure. Recently, Delhi’s Health Minister, Satyender Jain, was also given Plasma Therapy to save his life after he got badly trapped by COVID-19. The therapy showed positive results on Jain who is now tested negative for COVID-19 and was discharged from the hospital on June 26.
The Delhi Chief Minister, hence urged those who are recovered from COVID-19 infection to come forward and donate their plasma to save others’ lives. “The Delhi Government will set up a plasma bank, I request people to donate plasma to save the lives of COVID-19 patients.” urged the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Monday in a press briefing. He also said that the plasma bank will officially commence the functioning in the next two days. He informed that his government has conducted clinical trials of Plasma Therapy on twenty-nine COVID-19 patients so far, and the result has been encouraging.
दिल्ली सरकार के ILBS अस्पताल में हम शुरू करने जा रहे हैं प्लाज्मा बैंक। कोरोना हो कर ठीक हुए दिल्लीवासियों से मेरी अपील है कि अपना प्लाज्मा दान करें और लोगों की जान बचाने में सहयोग करें pic.twitter.com/GFu8zusFRZ
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 29, 2020
“I request all those (who have recovered from coronavirus) that it’s rare that you get to save lives. I request you to please come forward and donate. This is the true service of God.” Kejriwal was heard appealing for true help on Monday. He proceeded ahead to assure the recovered patients of no risks at all in the process. “If you go there to donate, there is no risk. We will arrange conveyance for you to go there and donate. We will announce numbers in a few days for this system.” assured Kejriwal to people interested to step forward for the plasma donation. A helpline number will be set up by the government for queries related to plasma donation, he added later.
During the same media briefing, Kejriwal also announced that a sum of Rs. 1 crore will be given to the family of Dr. Asheem Gupta who died of coronavirus himself, while treating COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Delhi.
The total number of active cases in Delhi are 83,077 with 2,899 deaths.