CM Arvind Kejriwal launches India’s first Plasma Bank in Delhi for plasma therapy treatment for Corona patients

  • Those who wish to donate plasma can call on 1031 or WhatsApp on 8800007722 to register themselves to donate plasma: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi government doctor will contact people on their contact numbers and check their eligibility: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • This Plasma Bank will only be successful if people come forward to donate plasma; request media to run campaigns to motivate more and more people to donate plasma: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched India’s first plasma bank set-up at the ILBS hospital in Delhi, and urged people to come forward to donate plasma. While citing the eligibility criteria over those who can donate plasma, Delhi CM said that those who fulfill the criteria and are willing to donate plasma can call on 1031 or WhatsApp on 88-0000-77-22 to register themselves. After the registration is complete, a Delhi government doctor will contact people who will approach via provided contact number and check their eligibility. He also urged the people to come forward to donate plasma and save lives.

Addressing a digital press briefing in Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The plasma bank in Delhi is starting today. This is the first plasma bank in the country set-up for the treatment of Corona patients. People were finding it difficult to get plasma and the situation got quite chaotic in Delhi. We hope that the situation will improve after setting up of this plasma bank.”

CM Kejriwal said this plasma bank will only be successful if people come forward to donate plasma and more recovered Corona patients must come forward to donate.

Citing the eligility criteria over who can donate plasma, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “There are strict eligibility guidelines and criteria over who can donate plasma. First, you must be tested positive for Corona. You must have fully recovered and must be free of Corona symptoms for 14 days. Your age must be between 18-60 years.”

“You cannot donate plasma if – your weight is less than 50 kg. Women who have ever been pregnant; you are diabetic on insulin; your blood pressure is more than 140 and diastolic less than 60 or more than 90. You cannot donate plasma if you have uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension with change in medication in last 28 days, if you are a Cancer Survivor, or if you have chronic kidney/heart/lung or liver disease,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Until now, 58000 people have recovered from Corona. The criteria is very stringent and will leave fewer recovered patients eligible. So I urge everyone who is eligible to come forward. You get very less chances of saving someone’s life, if God has given you this chance, please do not hesitate to use it to save a life. You might experience weakness after donating blood, but you will never experience weakness after donating plasma.”

“If you fit in the eligibility criteria of donating plasma, you can call on 1031 and register yourself to donate plasma. You can also WhatsApp on 8800007722,” added the CM.

After getting your contact information, the willing donor will get a call from a Delhi government doctor who will confirm their eligibility for plasma donation and obtain other details. If the donors are found to be eligible, a suitable time for pick-up will be fixed with them as per their convenience. The plasma bank has been set-up at the ILBS hospital in Delhi. CM Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi govt will send a vehicle to the donors to take them to the plasma bank, or they will be re-imbursed for the travel cost if they want to travel through their private vehicle.

“Some basic tests will be conducted at the ILBS hospital, after which your plasma will be taken. This whole process takes only 45 minutes to one hour and not more than that. After the process is completed, you will be given a Certificate of Appreciation for contributing to the society,” he said.

CM Arvind Kejriwal advised people who require plasma to not contact the ILBS hospital or helpline numbers directly. He said, “People whose family members or relatives are admitted in the hospitals and are advised plasma therapy – please do not directly call on 1031 or WhatsApp Helpline to seek plasma for therapy. The doctors will prescribe plasma therapy to those patients and the hospital will contact ILBS, and the plasma shall be provided to the hospitals on the basis of the doctor’s prescriptions.” He further added that plasma will be given to all hospitals, whether they are government, private, central government or MCD hospitals.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that death rate due to Corona has declined in the last few days. “We observed 125 deaths in a single day in the month of June. The deaths have gone down to 60-65 in the last few days, which is around half of the earlier count. We have to reduce them further. We have not got a vaccine for Corona yet, and till the time we do not get the vaccine, plasma therapy will prove to be helpful for treatment of Corona patients. I am not claiming that plasma therapy will put an end to all deaths happening due to Corona, but we hope that the death rate will decline and more and more people will recover and return to their homes.”

CM Kejriwal said that plasma therapy trials have also started in other parts of the country, including Maharashtra where plasma trials have begun on a massive scale. He said, “This is a very good news. I have also got to know that one or two more states will be setting up plasma banks. Coronavirus is a disease where everyone needs to learn from one another. We would also like to learn from the experiences of plasma therapy trials in the state of Maharashtra, and from all other states where plasma banks are being set-up. I want to congratulate all these states and I hope that we continue to learn from the experiences of each other,”

CM Arvind Kejriwal urged the media to motivate more people to come forward to donate plasma through campaigns. “The most important thing is that every recovered patient who fulfils the eligibilty criteria comes forward to donate plasma. We will require the support of media in this. I request the media to run campaigns to motivate people to donate plasma, help cast away the misconceptions of the people regarding the process, and encourage more and more people to come forward to save lives of the people who are currently battling Corona,” he added.