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Delhi gets plasma bank for COVID-19 patients

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INDIA’S capital, Delhi, plans to use plasma therapy to treat coronavirus patients.

  The city unveiled its first plasma bank on Thursday, which is meant to help patients get easier access to plasma.

Plasma therapy involves transfusing antibody-rich blood into Covid-19 patients.

“People were finding it really difficult to get plasma and the situation in Delhi was turning chaotic. To have a systematic approach, the plasma bank has been set up for treatment of corona patients. The bank will only be successful if people come forward,” Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told local media

 “I urge everyone who is eligible to donate,” he added.

Plasma therapy is still in a trial stage in Delhi with only a handful of hospitals being allowed to administer it. The hope is that the antibodies in plasma from one patient could help to clear the virus in others.

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