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India’s Second Worst-Hit State By Coronavirus Pandemic, Tamil Nadu Launches A Plasma Bank

After conducting successful clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy, Tamil Nadu has established a plasma bank in Chennai

India’s Second Worst-Hit State By Coronavirus Pandemic, Tamil Nadu Launches A Plasma Bank
Highlights
  • Plasma bank set-up at Chennai's Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital
  • The plasma bank in Chennai has been established at a cost of Rs. 2.34 crore
  • The infrastructure supports plasma retrieval from 7 people simultaneously

New Delhi: Plasma therapy which involves transfusion of antibodies, that develop in people who have recovered from coronavirus infection, into a critically-ill COVID-19 patient has shown to yield encouraging results in saving lives. After conducting clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy and witnessing successful results, Tamil Nadu has established the state’s first plasma bank. On Thursday (July 23), Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar inaugurated a plasma bank set-up at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai (Madras Medical College). As quoted by a news agency ANI, speaking at the launch of the plasma bank, Dr Vijaybhaskar, said,

We were earlier conducting the plasma method on a trial basis. Four people in Madurai successfully underwent the process in the early stages.

In an interview with ANI, Principal Health Secretary, J Radhakrishnan informed that in consultation with ICMR, plasma was administered to 26 patients and 24 have recovered. He added,

More than 1.25 lakh people have recovered in the state. People between 18-65 years of age can donate the plasma and based on medical advice we can use the plasma in curing other affected patients.

Also Read: India’s First Plasma Bank Gets Operational By Delhi Government, CM Arvind Kejriwal Says It Will Be Very Helpful Until We Have COVID-19 Vaccine

The plasma bank in Chennai has been set-up at the cost of Rs. 2.34 crore. According to the information shared by Dr Vijaybhaskar on social media, the infrastructure supports plasma retrieval of 500 ml each from seven people simultaneously in 30 minutes.

Dedicating the plasma bank to the state, Dr Vijaybhaskar appealed convalescent patients of COVID-19 to step-up for the noble cause and said, ‘Together, let’s save lives’.

“Patients who recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate plasma after 14 days. Patients with comorbidities should not donate plasma. I request people to come forward without fear/apprehension and donate plasma for saving lives”, tweeted Dr Vijaybhaskar.

Also Read: Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA Atishi Marlena Recovers From COVID-19, Donates Plasma To Help Other Critically Infected

The Health Minister also noted that the state government is planning to expand the facility to other hospitals including Stanley Medical College, Omandurar Multispeciality Hospital, Government medical colleges at Salem, Trichy and others.

What Is Plasma Therapy And How Does It Work?

Plasma 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 used by the immune system to identify and neutralise foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses. These antibodies are expected to help critical patients recover.

The effectiveness of plasma therapy has also got a stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of United States.

The procedure of donating plasma and transfusing it into someone’s body is similar to blood transfusion. Plasma from a patient who has recovered from coronavirus infection is taken out and infused Intravenously (IV).

Also Read: Coronavirus Outbreak Explained: What Is Convalescent Plasma Therapy And How Effective Is It In Treating COVID-19 Patients?

Impact Of Coronavirus In Tamil Nadu

Currently, Tamil Nadu is the second worst-hit state in terms of reported COVID-19 infections. On July 22, the state recorded the highest single-day spike of 5,849 infections taking the total number of COVID-19 cases close to 2 lakh (1,86,492). With the surge in infections, the fatality rate is also increasing. The rise in the fatality rate from 0.7 per cent (May 22) to now 1.7 per cent is creating a worrisome situation for the state government. Amidst this, the improving recovery rate that currently stands at 70.6 per cent gives hope.

While all 37 districts of the state are impacted by the pandemic, the capital district of Chennai is the worst affected with the bulk of the 48 per cent of the total cases in the state.

Also Read: As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Spike In Tamil Nadu, Here Is The Lowdown On Its Preparedness To Tackle The Pandemic

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World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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