ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh Indian Medical Association (IMA) unit announced to conduct six-day plasma donation drive at Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science (TRIHMS), Naharlagun from November 23 next to meet the shortage of plasma, the need of the hour.
IMA unit president Dr. Lobsang Tsetim, while talking to media persons at Arunachal Press Club here on Friday, exhorted COVID-19 survivor to voluntarily donate plasma and help in this battle against the killer virus as a service to humanity while contributing to combat the virus.
“Plasma donation is the need of the hour, considering the surging cases in the state”, said Dr Lobsang adding that the plasma donation for convalescent plasma therapy would improve the recovery rate and reduce mortalities in the state.
Reportedly, out of 14,800 only 8 cured patients in the state have come forward and donated their plasma, while others are afraid of getting re-infected by the virus which is a misconception for which they refuse to donate, he said.
Informing that one plasma unit can save two lives, IMA unit general secretary Dr Jego Ori termed plasma as therapeutic treatment to kill the virus. A recovered patient can donate once in every 15-day upto two months after discharge, he said.
‘The therapy includes extracting the plasma from the recovered person’s blood after 28 days of their recovery date and infusing it into a sever COVID-19 patient, as it contains a specific neutralizing antibody that removes pathogens, and possibly stop the virus from combining with the cell surface receptor, further stopping the disease progression’, he added.
Dr Ori also said that those individuals completed two months or minimum 28 days of their recovery both symptomatic and asymptomatic in the age group of 18 to 60 years mostly male and female who have not conceived yet are eligible to be a donor.
“State chief minister had promised to provide some recognition to donors as an award”, said Dr Lobsang.
The registration for the drive has started and interested individuals can enroll their names by dialing Nos: 7628977650, 9436069257.