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The Plasma Bank set up in Delhi to treat covid patients got off to a great start as on the first day of its opening, 10 people donated plasma to the bank. An official source commenting on the development expressed hope that the numbers of donors will multiply gradually. About 5-6 staff members of ILBS and others from outside, who have recovered from COVID-19 recently, donated plasma, he said. Meanwhile, plasma was donated from bank to three patients, one each at three private hospitals in Delhi, sources said.

CM Kejriwal interacted with ILBS doctors and the staff who donated plasma in the standalone donating area set up on the second floor of the ILBS building, a senior official said. The sources said about 90 staff at ILBS have tested positive till date.

The senior official said the Delhi government is trying to incentivise donors by “reimbursing their travel cost between home and ILBS, to and fro”.

Asked about an ILBS standard operating procedure, SOP,  document circulating on social media, which purportedly mentions that private and corporate hospitals would have to pay Rs 25,000 for the service, the senior official said, “It was an old SOP, and had a clerical mistake, which had been rectified. No charge will be taken from any hospital, private or government.”

Kejriwal after visiting the plasma bank facility at ILBS said it will succeed only if people who have recovered come forward and donate.

“Today, we have started the ‘plasma bank’ and some people have also donated. As we all know there is no vaccine for novel coronavirus yet, but plasma therapy seems to be quite helpful for COVID patients,” he said.

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