Delhi’s first plasma bank to treat Covid-19 operational

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Delhi’s first plasma bank to help treat novel coronavirus started functioning on Thursday, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that Covid-19 patients can donate their plasma 14 days after recovery.

Addressing an online media briefing, the chief minister issued numbers – 1031 and 8800007722 where people can contact for a donation of plasma to save the lives of Covid-19 patients.

The government has set up the plasma bank at the state-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences.

Kejriwal hoped that Covid-19 deaths will decrease due to plasma therapy.

Those aged between 18 and 60 and weighing not less than 50 kg can donate their plasma for Covid-19 patients, he added.

Plasma therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from Covid-19 and transfusing those into a coronavirus infected patient to help kick-start the immune system to fight the infection.

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