Plasma donation boon to fight against COVID: Lawmakers

  • Be life givers: Dr Jini

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR/NAHARLAGUN, Nov 20: Applauding Arunachal Pradesh Indian Medical Association (IMA) unit decision to hold six-day plasma donation drive at TRIHMS from November 23 next, Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao on Saturday made a fervent appeal to 14,870 people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the state to donate their plasma.

The state government, led by medical fraternity, worked to the best of their capacities to save lives of many as indicated by the high recovery rate, he said and pleaded with those recovered persons not to miss this golden chance of saving lives by coming forward to donate plasma as “Service to man is service to god”.

However, Namsai lawmaker Chau Zingnu Namchoom, who was one of the nine to have donated plasma, said “I consider myself very lucky to have donated plasma at TRIMHS after recovery from COVID-19 infection which might have saved someone’s life.

“I have no problem and have been touring across the state, Namchoom, also state BJP secretary, said, adding all should volunteer for such donation without any pre conceived notion as no doctor would intend to cause harm to any living being.

However, TRIMHS director Dr Moji Jini, when asked, informed that state’s lone medical college-cum-hospital has collected plasma of nine recovered patents and administered to two patients so far of whom one has fully recovered.

Appreciating blood bank officer Dr Passang Sona and technical expert Dr Tashi Paleng for their services to the humanity, Dr Jini also appealed to the recovered patients to turn live givers through such donation.

All doctors are committed to serve the humanity, said IMA state unit general secretary Dr Jego Ori and regretted that only eight have come forward to do so due to various misconceptions.

Those males in age group of 18 to 60 years who have completed two months or minimum 28 days of their recovery both symptomatic and asymptomatic and females who have not conceived yet are eligible to be a donor; he said.

The plasma therapy would not only improve the recovery rate and reduce mortalities in the state while one plasma unit could save two lives, Dr Ori said and exhorted all again to enroll by dialing Nos: 7628977650, 9436069257.

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