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Faridabad gets second plasma bank to boost Covid treatment

Faridabad, October 23

The second plasma bank in the city was formally inaugurated on Friday. The first such facility was made functional at the ESIC Hospital, which is also a Covid special hospital in the district, on August 7.

Inaugurating the plasma bank, known as Sant Bhagat Singh Maharaj Plasma Bank, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and local MP Krishan Pal Gurjar said it was likely to prove a milestone in the process of the treatment of Covid patients in the district.

The plasma bank will be managed directly by the District Red Cross Society and the district administration and will run from the premises of a gurdwara in the NIT region here.

"The ESIC Plasma Bank has already issued 221 units of plasma for the treatment of Covid patients, against a total of 251 units donated so far by the patients who have recovered from the infection," said Dr Nimisha Sharma, incharge, plasma bank at the ESIC Hospital.

DC Yashpal Yadav said it would be continued till any final order or directions were received from the ICMR or the Health Department, after reports that the ICMR was likely to recommend the discontinuation of plasma therapy in view of adverse reactions in some cases and its failure to reduce mortality. — TNS

from The Tribune

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