- Delhi’s Kalkaji MLA, Atishi Marlena tested COVID-19 postive last month
- Ms Marlena donated her blood plasma in Delhi's ILBS
- CM Arvind Kejriwal lauds Ms Marlena’s contribution in Delhi’s COVID fight
New Delhi: AAP leader Atishi Marlena, who was tested positive for COVID-19 last month, took to twitter to share that she was eligible to donate her plasma to help critically ill coronavirus patients in the national capital. The Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) also added that she will be donating plasma at Delhi government’s plasma bank in Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) on Monday (20 July).
Happy to share that I’m now eligible for donating plasma, as per medical protocols. I will be donating plasma at Delhi Govt’s plasma bank in ILBS today! https://t.co/iWoyQ2VuIC
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) July 18, 2020
Happy to share that I’m now eligible for donating plasma, as per medical protocols. I will be donating plasma at Delhi Govt’s plasma bank in ILBS today, Ms Marlena wrote in her tweet.
AAP’s spokesperson Akshay Marathe who also recovered from COVID-19, joined Ms Marlena in donating the plasma. Mr. Marathe shared picture of the same on Twitter, and praised how ‘hassle free the entire process is’, he wrote,
Delightful experience today donating plasma at Delhi govt’s plasma bank at the ILBS Hospital with @AtishiAAP. One can’t imagine just how hassle-free the entire process is. Happy to be able to contribute to our CM @ArvindKejriwal ji’s mission to save as many as lives as possible.
Delightful experience today donating plasma at Delhi govt's plasma bank at the ILBS Hospital with @AtishiAAP. One can't imagine just how hassle-free the entire process is.
— Akshay Marathe (@AkshayMarathe) July 18, 2020
After donating plasma, Ms Marlena told the reporters in Delhi that she wants to encourage all the recovered COVID-19 patients to donate their blood plasma to save lives of those who are currently suffering from the infection.
Until we have a vaccine, we have to combat COVID-19 in this way. So, I want to appeal to all recovered patients to come and donate their blood plasma in ILBS to save other’s lives. In life, you have very few opportunities to save lives and people should come to donate their blood plasma to save other’s lives, she said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lauded Ms Marlena’s contribution in the national capital’s fight against COVID-19 as he responded with ‘Very Good, Atishi!’ on her tweet.
According to medical experts, bodies of people who recover from coronavirus produce an anti-body or plasma in the blood to help the person fight against coronavirus. If some of this anti-body is given to a critical patient, then the plasma could help in the person’s recovery.
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