India’s second plasma bank to be established in Chennai

The country’s second plasma bank has been set up at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) here at a cost of Rs 2 crore. Delhi is the first city in India to have set up a plasma bank after convalescent plasma therapy was found to be an effective treatment for infections caused by Covid-19.

RGGGH, the premier government medical institute, is conducting trials in convalescent plasma therapy. 18 of the 20 people who participated in the process are recovering from the illness. The Plasma bank will function as a blood bank and donors will be allowed to donate their plasma if they are eligible.

“We are collecting the data and the person who donates the plasma needs to have anti-bodies for novel Coronavirus. Only men can donate plasma and women cannot. People from the age group of 18 to 65 will be eligible to donate their plasma. They can donate the plasma twice at an interval of 14 days,” Dr Therani Rajan, Dean, RGGGH, told DH.

Coronavirus patients who have antibodies to the virus can donate their plasma 28 days after they test negative. Once they are eligible, 500 ml of plasma is collected from the donor and transfused to patients who are struggling with the infection.

“We are collecting the plasma from people who have anti-bodies for novel Coronavirus. People from the age group of 18 to 65 will be eligible to donate their plasma. They can donate the plasma twice at an interval of 14 days”

The hospital is also collecting details of patients who are eligible to donate plasma and is encouraging them to come forward to help others. The Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai and the Government Medical College Hospital in Tirunelveli are also involved in convalescent plasma trials.

The RGGGH was the first hospital to treat Covid-19 patients in Tamil Nadu. It has augmented its bed facilities and can accommodate 2000 patients exclusively for treating Covid-19.

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