Delhi has got its second plasma bank , with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurating the facility at the state-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital here for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The chief minister had inaugurated the first such facility at the state-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences on July 2.
“Plasma therapy is really helpful in saving lives.We cannot say it is 100 percent successful… but the death rate has reduced in Delhi and plasma has a role in it,” the chief minister said at the launch. The LNJP Hospital is located in central Delhi, so it is easily accessible to those willing to donate plasma, he said. COVID-19 patients can donate their plasma 14 days after recovery. Such people should be aged between 18 and 60 and weigh not less than 50 kg.
On the current situation the state, Kejriwal stated that the positivity rate and the death rate is coming down but people shouldn’t be complacent and warned people “you never know, COVID-19 may surge again.
“The positivity rate and the death rate is coming down but people shouldn’t be complacent. You never know, COVID-19 may surge again,” Kejriwal told reporters in a report by a news agency.
The Delhi Chief Minister further said that the reason why the situation has come under control is that everyone has contributed to the cause of fighting the infection. “The reason why the situation has come under control is that everyone has contributed to the cause. We realised that we would not be able to fight alone with this virus. We brought everyone together and all contributed to the situation coming under control,” he added.
Further crediting the home isolation programme for the improvement of Delhi’s situation he said that there has not been a single COVID-19 fatality emerging from home isolation in the last 12 days.
“We increased testing capacity as well. Testing has been possible because of home isolation. We have organised a programme for home isolation for Delhiites where we provided oxymeters to patients at home. In the last 12 days, there have been no deaths reported in home isolation,” The Delhi Chief Minister added.
He further advised people to use masks and wash hands.
Delhi has a total of 1,13,740 COVID-19 cases of which there are 19,017 active cases, 91,312 patients have been cured or discharged and 3,411 persons have succumbed to COVID-19, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.