New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the government has decided to have a 'plasma bank' in the national capital, which will start operation in the next two days.

"The 'Plasma Bank' will start operation in the next two days. I appeal to COVID-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma," said Kejriwal, who has been batting for plasma therapy treatment of COVID-19 patients, saying that it has shown good initial results. 

In this treatment, plasma cells from a COVID-19 patient who has recovered from the disease is transfused into a cornonavirus patient who is in critical condition by infusing plasma therapy. The blood of a convalescent patient is rich in antibodies that are expected to help the critical patient recover.

Plasma therapy was effectively used in the past during Ebola and Spanish flu pandemic.

 

Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had permitted on a trial basis, but later put it on hold. The Union Health Ministry had, in April, said that said that plasma therapy for treatment of coronavirus patients is at an experimental stage and it has the potential to cause life-threatening complications.  

After getting a fresh nod from the ICMR, six Covid-19 patients received convalescent plasma therapy at Delhi's LNJP Hospital. After the fresh nod, LNJP Hospital and Max Hospital, Saket have done plasma therapy on coronavirus patients.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, 55, was recently administered plasma therapy at Max Hospital, where he is admitted for Covid-19 treatment.

With the rising number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, the state government is ramping up its strategy to combat the virus. As per the Delhi government's revised strategy, every house will now be screened by July 6. Every house in the containment zones will be screened by June 30. All symptomatic and asymptomatic cases will be tested in containment zones between 5th and 10th day.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta