In an endeavour to encourage people who recently recovered from Covid-19 to come forward and donate their plasma for saving lives of critical patents, Union Minister for health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan launched ‘Plasma Donation Campaign’ in association with Delhi Police at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on Sunday.
Speaking about the objective of the endeavour, Dr Vardhan was quoted saying by a ANI report , “In this war against COVID-19, corona warriors have played an important role. In Delhi, 2,532 police coronavirus warriors have been affected and some even lost their lives. To ensure safety against the virus, several attempts are being made. It is necessary to give plasma donation a bigger platform.”
“A large number of Delhi Police personnel have stepped forward and donated plasma at AIIMS. I congratulate them. They are not just corona warriors, they are plasma warriors as well. I hope with this campaign, recovered patients will be inspired and step forward to donate plasma. Any recovered patient can donate plasma twice a month,” he added.
Elaborating about the initiative, Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, said: “Today Delhi Police and AIIMS have started plasma donation campaign and several corona warriors donated plasma. There is a policeman Om Prakash who has donated for the third time. We do not have specific antiviral treatment, the treatment is supported.”
“If plasma is donated, we can use it in the treatment to save patients. It is a noble cause. I appeal to other COVID-19 warriors to step forward and become plasma warriors as well,” he added.
According to a press release by the government, “Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains protective antibodies to the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. It can provide immunity to patients of COVID-19 when transfused. Considering its potential benefit, plasma therapy is provided to those patients who are not responding to conventional treatment.”