No charge for plasma, 2 more banks to come up - ECAS Punjab

No charge for plasma, 2 more banks to come up

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30

Amid spiralling Covid infections and deaths, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said plasma would be provided free of cost by the state government to all those in need. He directed the Health Department to strictly ensure that Covid patients were not charged for plasma therapy and that nobody was allowed to buy or sell plasma, which had proven a life-saver in many cases in the absence of any cure for Covid-19.

'Act against violators'

Taking serious note of reports of violation of social distancing and other Covid protocols by some shopkeepers, the state government has directed the DCs to order shutting down of shops for three days for the first offence and for a higher number of days on subsequent violations.

He also appealed to the recovered Covid patients to come forward to donate plasma. Currently, there were around 10,000 recovered Covid patients in the state, he said, adding that his government's priority was to save each and every life in Punjab.

The CM asked the Health Department to expedite setting up of two new plasma banks in Amritsar and Fardikot to supplement the one already operational in Patiala. He was informed by minister OP Soni that the approval for the new banks had already been received and tenders were being floated for procurement of equipment.

Expressing grave concern over the increasing mortality, the CM called for concerted efforts to bring down the fatality rate.

Taking serious note of reports of violation of physical distancing and other Covid protocols by some shopkeepers, the Chief Minister directed the DCs to order shutting down of shops for three days in the case of the first offence and for a higher number of days on subsequent violations.

Chairing a review meeting on Covid, Capt asked the DCs to strictly enforce all safety protocols and norms.

Dr KK Talwar, former PGI director, pointed out that scientific data showed that wearing of masks was as effective as lockdown, as it not only prevented spread of infection, but also lowered mortality.

While the Centre had announced certain relaxations, including permission for opening gyms, the CM said he would decide on the same after an assessment of the ground situation.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said 14,384 FIRs were registered, 19,850 arrested and 5,50,150 fined for violations from March 23 to July 29



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