Delhi Government Updates Plasma Policy, Recipient Hospital Needs To Find A Replacement Donor

Delhi Government Updates Plasma Policy, Recipient Hospital Needs To Find A Replacement Donor

As on July 9, Delhi has over 74,000 COVID-19 recovered patients but according to Dr Meenu Bajpai, Head of the Blood Transfusion Department at ILBS Hospital, around 100 donors have turned up
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Delhi Government Updates Plasma Policy, Recipient Hospital Needs To Find A Replacement DonorTo maintain plasma stock, the Delhi government has introduced the policy of ‘replacement donor’
Highlights
  • On July 2, Delhi CM inaugurated India’s first plasma bank at ILBS Hospital
  • Currently, the demand for plasma is more than donations at plasma bank
  • The nodal officer of recipient hospital will have to find replacement donor

New Delhi: On July 2, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated country’s first plasma bank at ILBS (Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences) Hospital. The Plasma Bank aims to bridge the gap between the plasma donor and coronavirus patients in need of life-saving plasma and help critically-ill patients of COVID-19 recover. However, currently, the demand for plasma has outnumbered the donors following which on Thursday (July 9), the Delhi government ordered that from now onwards any COVID-19 patient at any hospital requiring plasma from the plasma bank will have to first arrange for a replacement donor.

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Earlier, CM Kejriwal had informed that patients in need of plasma need not call the helpline or visit the plasma bank on their own. In fact, it will be the duty of the hospital, prescribing plasma therapy, to contact the plasma bank and arrange for the same. Similarly, now as part of the new guideline, the nodal officer of the hospital where a patient, requiring plasma has been admitted, will have to find a replacement donor.

The recipient hospital will have to call its recovered coronavirus patients and request for plasma donation for an existing patient. The replacement donor can be of any blood group but shall meet the eligibility criterion which excludes women who have ever been pregnant, people having weight less than 50 kg, diabetic on insulin, cancer survivor, senior citizens, and people with comorbidities.

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The new guideline focusses on maintaining the stock of plasma and ensuring every COVID-19 patient in need of plasma therapy gets it well in time.

A senior resident doctor at ILBS told NDTV that on an average, plasma bank gets 25-30 COVID-19 plasma donors, daily, whereas, there are almost double recipients. Hence, if the plasma bank doesn’t start receiving donors in greater number, there is a chance ILBS will soon run out of plasma.

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Giving more information about the new guideline, Dr Meenu Bajpai, Head of the Blood Transfusion Department at ILBS Hospital, told NDTV,

So far, plasma has been given out to over 100 patients and almost the same number of donors has come forward, but a lot more recipients are in line. To maintain stock it is necessary to have a system of replacement donors.

As on July 9, Delhi has reported over 1 lakh cases of COVID of which over 74,000 patients have recovered. Despite the high number of recoveries, the plasma donors are low, as of now.

In a virtual media briefing on Monday (July 6), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had hinted at a shortfall in plasma donation and 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.

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

CM Kejriwal had urged recovered COVID-19 patients who are eligible to donate plasma to come forward and do the needful so as to address the growing demand for plasma in Delhi and save lives. CM had also appealed hospitals to give counselling to patients who have recovered from the contagious disease.

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

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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