After the success of India’s first plasma bank at ILBS hospital, CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates Delhi’s second plasma bank at LNJP Hospital

  • Even if the beds remain vacant in the hospitals, our preparations will continue so that there is no shortage of beds if the cases increase: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • The spread of Corona in Delhi is reducing due to the excellent work of state and central government, public, religious and voluntary institutions: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • After the success of India’s first plasma bank, we have launched Delhi’s 2nd Plasma Bank at LNJP Hospital: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • I am happy that the Prime Minister has also praised the Delhi model of dealing with Corona: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday inaugurated Delhi’s second plasma bank at the LNJP Hospital in Delhi. The new plasma bank at the LNJP hospital has been set up after 15 days of the first plasma bank which was set up at the ILBS hospital in Delhi. CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that plasma has an important role in the declining death rate of Corona patients, and until a vaccine comes, plasma therapy should be looked at as an effective treatment for Corona patients. CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that even if the beds in the facilities and hospitals in Delhi are vacant now, the Delhi govt will continue its efforts of installing more facilities and beds to rule out any possibilities of lack of treatment if the cases surge in the city.

Following his visit, CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “After the huge success of our first plasma bank, we launched Delhi’s 2nd plasma bank today at LNJP Hospital #DelhiFightsCorona.”

The Delhi government has set-up India’s first plasma bank at the ILBS Hospital, to maintain a plasma stock from those who have already recovered from Corona. Addressing a press briefing a few days back, CM Arvind Kejriwal had said that plasma has been proven as an effective solution for the recovery of moderate patients, and plasma therapy should be provided to Corona patients until a vaccine comes. He said the plasma bank will enable the people to obtain plasma without any hassles, and also laid out detailed eligibility criteria over who can and cannot donate plasma.

Briefing the media following his visit, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Today, Dr. Suresh and his team have started Delhi’s second plasma bank at the LNJP Hospital. Delhi was the first state to have launched India’s first plasma bank at the ILBS hospital, and soon the second plasma bank has also been started. Plasma has been proven to be helpful in the treatment of Corona patients and saving their lives until a vaccine comes. We are not claiming that 100% of lives will be saved through the plasma, but it has been effective in treating people until now. Plasma has also played an important role in the declining death rate in Delhi. LNJP is located in central Delhi, and so, it will be convenient for people to reach here and donate plasma. In the last one month, the people of Delhi, doctors, nurses, paramedic staff, governments including central and Delhi governments, religious, cultural, and voluntary organizations.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi is gradually reducing. He said, “The recovery rate of patients is increasing very fast. Earlier in 100 tests, 35 of them used to come positive whereas now only 7 or 8 people out of 100 are found to be positive. The number of fatalities due to COVID-19 has decreased. In mid-June, there were about 101 deaths per day but there are about 40 deaths now. All of us together have to reduce it further. The rate of doubling of cases in Delhi has been steadily increasing. I want to appeal to the people of Delhi that we should not become complacent about the situation. Nothing is known about COVID-19, it may rise again tomorrow. Therefore, we need to take precautions. We always have to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and also we need to wash our hands and sanitize them repeatedly.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal credited the Delhi govt’s strong fight against COVID to all institutions and support from central governments and other agencies. He said that the entire foundation of the Delhi government’s fight against COVID was supported by everyone. “We realized that a huge epidemic like this cannot be fought alone. If a particular person or any government says or thinks that they can overcome the corona alone, then it is wrong. We took the support of everyone and took everyone along. We also went to the central government and social service organizations. There are many NGOs of retired doctors in Delhi, just like StepOne and Doctors For U who are helping us in this fight. We went to all the people and asked for help. All the good effects of this cooperative work are in front of us very clearly. Thereafter we have also increased the number of tests and this huge hike in the number of tests took place because we have successfully implemented the home isolation system,” said the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “I have noticed that in some states where there is no home isolation system. People are scared because if they are found to be positive but have mild or no symptoms, they will be forces to stay at quarantine centres. This is the reason why people of those states are not going for getting tested. We have successfully implemented the program of home isolation in Delhi. We provided oximeters to all the patients in home isolation. The patients were also provided with telephone medical counseling every day. We have witnessed that there is no death among the home isolation patients due to this system.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that now people are not afraid to conduct the COVID test. He said, “People are spontaneously coming forward to get tested. Now we are doing 20,000 to 22,000 thousand tests every day. Apart from this, many more steps have been taken because of these steps the number of COVID patients in Delhi is decreasing.”

“I am happy that the Prime Minister has also praised the model of Delhi and everyone’s cooperation in it. All of this has been achieved with the support of everyone,” added the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that more than 200 people have taken plasma from ILBS so far. We do not want to store plasma in the plasma bank forever, but no one should suffer for lack of plasma either. The arrangement should be such that one who comes to get plasma must get it easily. So far, as many people are coming for plasma, they are getting it and no one is denied plasma. Everyone is now getting plasma easily.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while answering a question said, “Even if the beds remain empty for a few days that’s not a matter of worry but if there is a surge in the case, our preparations should not be incomplete. The beds are now empty but even if the beds remain empty, we will continue our preparations for a few more days because if tomorrow there is a surge in the case, then we have to be fully prepared to combat.”