COVID-19: Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates India's first 'Plasma Bank'

Plasma donation would take 45 minutes to an hour after basic tests are run on the donor. After this a “Gaurav patra” would be given to the donor acknowledging his service.

COVID-19: Kejriwal inaugurates India's first Plasma Bank, urges 'eligible' Delhiites to donate
NEW DELHI: India’s first plasma bank for Covid-19 patients became operational in Delhi on Thursday.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to recovered Covid-19 patients to donate plasma and help those suffering from the infectious disease. “We are starting a plasma bank in Delhi. This is the first plasma bank in India for corona treatment. So far, people have been facing a lot of problems in getting plasma. With this plasma bank we hope to address this issue,” Kejriwal said adding, “This bank will be successful only if people donate plasma. More and more people who have recovered from Covid-19 need to donate plasma.” The bank will be housed in Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences.

Kejriwal laid down the eligibility criteria for plasma donors. Any Covid-19 patient, who recovered from the disease 14 days back, is eligible to donate plasma. The donor should weight at least 50 kgs and in 18-60 age group. Women who have been pregnant even once in their lives cannot be donors. Cancer survivors, patients undergoing dialysis or who have hypertension or sugar imbalance cannot be donors. “Call us on 1031 or whatsapp on 8800007722. You will be registered. You will get a phone call and a doctor will speak to you to gauge the eligibility. If you are eligible on all parameters, a convenient time slot will be given to you to come to the hospital and donate plasma,” said Kejriwal.


Plasma donation would take 45 minutes to an hour after basic tests are run on the donor. After this a “Gaurav patra” would be given to the donor acknowledging his service. Kejriwal said no patient should call directly on the helplines to get plasma. “The hospitals should call directly for plasma from our bank. This would be coordinated by them and not individual patient’s family,” the chief minister said.
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