COVID-19 cases in India continue to surge with the number of cases crossing 6 lacs already. Delhi is one of the worst affected regions in the country with almost 90,000 positive cases.
As the wait for the vaccine continues, plasma therapy has come in as a potent treatment mode for COVID-19 patients.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated India’s first plasma bank to help coronavirus patients in need.
PLASMA BANK: All you need to know
Plasma bank will operate similar to a blood bank where people will receive/donate plasma.
It has been set up in the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) hospital in South Delhi.
Only after doctor’s recommendation, can patients avail the services of the bank.
Patients admitted to both government and private hospitals can avail services of the plasma bank.
It is not mandatory for patients to reach out to the bank to undergo plasma therapy.
The reason behind opening the plasma bank at ILBS is that it’s not a current coronavirus facility which reduces chances of getting infection.
A helpline number, 8800007722 has been launched for those who want to donate plasma.
Plasma can be donated by those people who have had COVID-19 and have recovered.