Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday that India’s first plasma bank has been integrated at the ILBS Hospital. Kejriwal requested people who have recovered from the coronavirus to come forward and donate plasma to help those currently suffering with the deadly COVID-19.

“So far, people have been facing many hassles in getting plasma for coronavirus treatment. I hope they will get some relief now. I also hope more and more will now come forward to donate plasma. Unless it’s donated, how will others get it,” Kejriwal said at a virtual press conference.

Talking about who all can donate plasma, the Delhi CM said: “If you have fully recovered from coronavirus and are free of symptoms for 14 days, you can donate plasma.”

Plasma therapy has proved miraculous in the fight against coronavirus as a transfusion of plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient to a critical patient can speed up the recovery.

  • The donator’s age should be between 18 and 60 years and weight should not less than 50 kg.
  • The ruling Aam Aadmi Party will provide refreshments to the donator on his/her visit to the Plasma Bank.
  • The donator will receive a Plasma Donor Certificate signed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Delhi.

Kejriwal also explained who is not eligible to donate plasma, saying: “If you have uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension with a change in medication in last 28 days or if you have chronic kidney, heart, lung or liver disease, then you can’t donate plasma.”

You can register for plasma donation by dialing 1031 or sending a WhatsApp message on 8800007722.

“Once you register, a doctor will call you to ensure you are eligible to donate plasma. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to donate plasma. Blood donation can cause weakness, plasma donation doesn’t. Rarely do we get such opportunities to serve others,” the CM explained.