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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Plasma donations on rise in Faridabad

Faridabad, November 27

Plasma donations for the treatment of Covid-positive patients are on the rise here. As many as 363 donors have given their plasma for the treatment of other patients through the three plasma banks functional at present.

Health Department officials said that though the city was experiencing a second wave, it has also led to an increase in plasma donors due to increased awareness.

"With a total of 363 donors till Thursday, this has benefitted over 650 patients in recovery," says Umesh Arora, District Plasma Donation Coordinator.

"Plasma donation works well when it is given within six to eight days of infection and 400 ml of plasma donated at one time could benefit two to three patients," claim the officials concerned.

Plasma therapy, which involves transfusing the antibodies of the recovered persons to the ailing ones, has proved successful in treating less serious cases.

While the ESIC hospital here which had started the first bank in August has got the highest number of 305 units collected so far, the bank of the Sant Bhagat Singh Charitable Trust at the gurdwara in NIT has collected 48 units of plasma till date. The third is Divine Blood Bank, which has collected a total of 10 units.

The district administration has decided to honour all the 27 donors who have donated plasma more than once. "Efforts are on to motivate more patients to donate plasma," says DC Yashpal Yadav. — TNS

from The Tribune

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