Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Urges Recovered COVID-19 Patients To Donate Plasma, Call Them Heroes

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Urges Recovered COVID-19 Patients To Donate Plasma, Call Them Heroes

In an online media briefing, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed that currently, the demand for life-saving plasma is more than the supply
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Delhi’s COVID-19 Recovery Rate Nearly 88 Per Cent; Delhi Government To Come Out With Economic Revival PlanSo far, Delhi has reported 1,30,606 COVID-19 cases, out of which 1,14,875 patients have either recovered, migrated or have been discharged, and 3,827 deaths
Highlights
  • Plasma therapy has shown encouraging results in treating COVID-19 patients
  • Plasma therapy is suggested for critically-ill patients of COVID-19
  • A recovered patient can donate 500ml of plasma and help save someone’s life

New Delhi: Plasma therapy as a potential treatment for critically-ill patients of COVID-19 has been gaining ground. In the absence of a cure and a vaccine against the Novel Coronavirus, convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) is being looked upon and so far, the results have been encouraging. Delhi government is making use of plasma therapy on a large scale and has even set-up India’s first ‘Plasma Bank’ at ILBS (Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences) Hospital. According to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, with the inauguration of Plasma Bank, the demand for life-saving plasma has increased but there isn’t enough supply. For the same, in an online media briefing on Monday (July 6), CM Kejriwal urged recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma.

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There is no cure for the Coronavirus until a vaccine is developed but our trials have shown that plasma therapy can help improve the condition of moderate patients significantly, said CM Kejriwal.

Plasma Therapy involves transfusion of antibodies from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 (convalescent coronavirus patient) into a critical patient. The therapy is based on the principle that the blood of a recovered patient is rich in antibodies needed to combat COVID-19. Antibodies are Y shaped proteins produced by a human body and are used by the immune system to identify and neutralise foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses.

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CM Kejriwal also spoke about the country’s first plasma bank which was inaugurated on July 2 and noted that in the last few days, demand has surpassed the supply of plasma and if this continues, the existing stock of plasma will soon be exhausted. He said,

In the last four-five days, there has been an increased demand for plasma but a short supply of it meaning that the number of people who need plasma is more than those coming forward to donate it. If the number of donors does not increase, then the plasma supply/in stock will dwindle.

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With folded hands, CM Kejriwal urged the recovered patients to come forward in large numbers and donate plasma which can save someone’s life. He informed that donating plasma doesn’t cause either weakness or pain. Calling plasma donation a selfless service to society and addressing the fear that going back to the hospital means contracting the Novel Coronavirus again, CM clarified,

We will make arrangements for your pick up and drop back to the home. We have set up the plasma bank at the ILBS hospital which is a non-COVID hospital so there is nothing to worry about.

CM Kejriwal also informed that his team is reaching out to convalescent patients and requesting them to donate plasma. He said if you receive such a call please don’t refuse. Further, CM Kejriwal appealed hospitals to give counselling to patients who have recovered from the contagious disease.

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Tell them to donate plasma after 14 days of recovering from the disease, said CM Kejriwal.

During a media briefing, CM Kejriwal also shared a call recording of two people who had recently recovered from COVID-19 and he had spoken to. CM Kejriwal spoke to 43-year-old Ravinder and 37-year-old Karan, two of the patients who have recovered, are eligible to donate plasma and have agreed to do so. The Chief Minister appreciated them for the move and said,

They all are our heroes. They are doing it to save someone’s life and they are my hope. Society, especially RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations) should respect them.

To honour the donors, the Delhi government gives ‘Gaurav Patr’, a certificate of appreciation signed by the Chief Minister.

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World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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