Patiala gets state’s first plasma bank - ECAS Punjab

Patiala gets state’s first plasma bank

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Tribune News Service
Patiala, July 21

The state's first plasma bank for Covid-19 patients was inaugurated at Government Rajindra Hospital here today. However, only a few donors turned up at the hospital to donate plasma.

Donors are said to have been little "apprehensive" about their safety to donate the plasma. Notably, only people who have already recovered from the virus can donate.

Of the seven donors, who have agreed to donate, only two came forward to donate the plasma today.

It has been learnt that 15 donors had agreed for donation, but only seven had antibodies in their plasma.

A 51-year-old of Punjab Police officer, who was the first to donate plasma, said, "People should come forward and donate plasma. It is a service to society. I have donated the plasma and I am absolutely healthy."

Medical Education and Research Minister OP Soni, who participated in the inauguration of the plasma bank through video-conferencing, said it was a big achievement for the state to have its own plasma bank with a facility of two machines for the purpose.

Meanwhile, Dr Harjinder Singh, principal, Government Medical College, said the newly set up plasma bank had been equipped with two plasma therapy machines.

from The Tribune

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