On 29th June 2020, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal launched India’s first Plasma Bank for the treatment of the patients tested positive for coronavirus.
i.The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences(ILBS) will house the plasma bank facility which will be available to government and private hospitals.
ii.The facility will coordinate the donors and recipients and helps in connecting the donors and recipients.
iii.The plasma bank will start its operation by 2nd July 2020.
i.The government will bear the conveyance for people to commute to the facility to donate plasma.
ii.The helpline to answer the queries regarding the plasma donation is to be set up by the government of Delhi.
i.Plasma therapy is the most discussed method of treatment for COVID-19 patients.
ii.The Delhi government has conducted the clinical trials of plasma therapy on more than 29 patients who were tested positive to COVID-19, which gave a positive result.
iii.The treatment involves the transfusion of plasma from a convalescent patient of COVID-19 to the patients of COVID-19 who are in critical condition.
iv.The clinical trial for Plasma therapy was initiated in Delhi in April 2020.
Governor– Anil Baijal
Chief Minister– Arvind Kejriwal