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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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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

26,78,24,983Cases
22,84,48,447Active
3,40,97,388Recovered
52,79,148Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,78,24,983 and 52,79,148 have died; 22,84,48,447 are active cases and 3,40,97,388 have recovered as on December 9, 2021 at 3:47 am.

India

3,46,66,241 9,419Cases
94,742 1,009Active
3,40,97,388 8,251Recovered
4,74,111 159Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,66,241 confirmed cases including 4,74,111 deaths. The number of active cases is 94,742 and 3,40,97,388 have recovered as on December 9, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,40,888 893

9,964 157

64,89,720 1,040

1,41,204 10

Kerala

51,78,892 5,038

41,615 887

50,95,263 4,039

42,014 112

Karnataka

29,99,098 399

7,284 155

29,53,565 238

38,249 6

Tamil Nadu

27,32,648 703

7,946 36

26,88,142 728

36,560 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,74,217 181

2,011 3

20,57,749 176

14,457 2

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,502 10

139 7

16,87,452 3

22,911

West Bengal

16,20,803 574

7,576 0

15,93,659 568

19,568 6

Delhi

14,41,514 65

404 28

14,16,010 36

25,100 1

Odisha

10,50,760 255

1,931 11

10,40,403 264

8,426 2

Chhattisgarh

10,07,075 37

341 9

9,93,140 27

13,594 1

Rajasthan

9,54,984 40

236 16

9,45,792 24

8,956

Gujarat

8,27,873 67

417 45

8,17,361 22

10,095

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,288 14

140 1

7,82,619 13

10,529

Haryana

7,71,904 29

223 15

7,61,626 14

10,055

Bihar

7,26,259 9

36 6

7,14,133 3

12,090

Telangana

6,77,546 205

3,871 19

6,69,673 185

4,002 1

Assam

6,18,042 134

2,541 24

6,09,374 158

6,127

Punjab

6,03,578 22

350 0

5,86,614 20

16,614 2

Jharkhand

3,49,383 16

129 7

3,44,113 23

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,402 17

192 3

3,36,799 14

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,38,198 151

1,639 38

3,32,070 111

4,489 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,753 69

722 14

2,23,174 81

3,857 2

Goa

1,79,307 65

441 37

1,75,478 28

3,388

Mizoram

1,37,377 320

3,049 10

1,33,819 309

509 1

Puducherry

1,29,128 23

230 1

1,27,022 22

1,876

Manipur

1,25,429 23

325 5

1,23,119 28

1,985

Tripura

84,888 14

94 11

83,968 3

826

Meghalaya

84,631 12

240 11

82,916 23

1,475

Chandigarh

65,515 7

67 2

64,628 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,298 3

29 2

54,989 5

280

Sikkim

32,390 8

200 2

31,785 6

405

Nagaland

32,143 1

116 2

31,328 3

699

Ladakh

21,749 14

230 17

21,304 31

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,405

11 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,691 1

3 0

7,559 1

129

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