North Bengal starts plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients
North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) started its first plasma collection drive on Monday in Siliguri. With this, north Bengal started the process of plasma therapy to treat Covid-19 patients.
“There are 15 donors on the first day of plasma collection. I am glad that so many people came forward for plasma donation,” said S. Punnambalam, the district magistrate of Darjeeling district.
In Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH), too, officials along with employees of its blood bank will start awareness camps in villages of the district to get blood from people who have recently recovered from Covid-19.
The move comes in the wake of assistant superintendent of the MMCH Dr Mohammed Ismail, who recovered from Covid-19 five weeks ago, donating blood in presence of hospital superintendent Dr Amit Dan on Monday.
“There is a myth that a person would fall ill again if he donates blood after recovering from Covid. We have to junk such baseless beliefs. If a cured person donates blood, that plasma helps in treating other Covid patients,” Dr Dan said. To this end, MMCH will hold camps from Wednesday.