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NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday introduced setting up of a ‘plasma bank‘ for treatment of COVID-19 patients in the nationwide capital, and stated it can begin working in the subsequent two days.
Addressing a web based media briefing, he stated the bank will be set up on the Delhi government-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and docs or hospitals can have to method it for plasma if a COVID-19 affected person wants the identical.
The chief minister stated that the AAP authorities will encourage those that have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma. A helpline can even be set up by for queries associated to donation of plasma.
He stated that his authorities will make transportation preparations for these keen to donate their plasma.
“The plasma bank will be first of its kind for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Perhaps, it will be the first plasma bank in the country,” he stated.
The want of setting up such bank was felt when folks had been operating from pillar to submit to get plasma, he stated, including that each authorities and personal hospitals will be ready to get plasma from the power.
Kejriwal, nevertheless, stated that plasma remedy isn’t a “sanjeevani booti” (divine herb).
“Usually, it is difficult to save lives of those patients who are in the last stage or with co-morbidities and on ventilator support. Those patients who are in moderate stage…this therapy is very helpful for them,” he stated.
In the plasma remedy, antibodies from blood of patients, who’ve recovered from coronavirus, are used to deal with contaminated patients. It is geared toward assessing the efficacy of convalescent plasma to restrict issues in COVID patients.
Kejriwal stated that his authorities has to this point performed medical trial of plasma remedy on 29 COVID-19 patients and the outcome was “encouraging”.
Delhi well being minister Satyendar Jain, who had examined constructive for COVID-19, was administrated plasma remedy. He has now recovered.
The chief minister stated that in the LNJP Hospital, plasma remedy was performed on 35 COVID-19 patients and of them, 34 lives had been saved and one affected person died. Similarly, 49 patients had been administrated remedy in non-public hospitals and 46 folks recovered from the virus.
Requesting folks to come ahead and donate their plasma, he stated, “In the entire life, there is a very little chance to save someone’s life and you (those recovered from COVID-19) have got this chance,” he stated.
Kejriwal stated relations of a COVID-19 individual are free to give plasma to the affected person and it isn’t obligatory to solely donate to the bank.
He asserted that there isn’t any scarcity of beds in the nationwide capital as a number of steps have been taken to successfully cope with the COVID-19 scenario.
“At present, we have 13,500 beds and of these, only 6,000 beds have been occupied so far,” he stated.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded 2,889 contemporary coronavirus instances, taking the tally in town over the 83,000-mark, whereas the demise toll from the illness mounted to 2,623.
The quantity of containment zones in town additionally jumped to 421 on Sunday from 280 after the re-mapping of such areas.
Watch Delhi government to start ‘plasma bank’ for treatment of Covid-19 patients, says CM Arvind Kejriwal
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