COVID-19 Situation In Delhi Improved After Centre Intervened: BJP's Adesh Gupta

  • COVID-19 Situation In Delhi Improved After Centre Intervened: BJP's Adesh Gupta

COVID-19 Situation In Delhi Improved After Centre Intervened: BJP's Adesh Gupta

Hitting out at the chief minister, the Delhi BJP chief said, "Right from the beginning, Arvind Kejriwal used to say that he had arranged 30,000 beds for COVID-19 patients, but when the patients needed beds, those beds became invisible". "Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor", Delhi CM said. A helpline will also be set up by for queries related to donation of plasma.

"This "Plasma Bank" will be set-up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi. Perhaps, it will be the first plasma bank in the country", he said. "People are struggling to find plasma for coronavirus treatment", he said during an online media briefing.

He said that his government will make transportation arrangements for those willing to donate their plasma.

"Usually, it is hard to save lives of those patients who are in the last stage or with co-morbidities and on ventilator support". He urged those have recovered from the coronavirus to donate plasma and help critical patients. It is aimed at assessing the efficacy of convalescent plasma to limit complications in COVID patients.

Kejriwal said that his government has so far conducted clinical trial of plasma therapy on 29 COVID-19 patients and the result was "encouraging". He tested positive on June 6, when he had mild symptoms and was shifted to a quarantine facility. He has now recovered.

Dr Asheem Gupta, a senior consultant of anesthetics at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in New Delhi, died due to coronavirus COVID-19 on Sunday (June 28).

Around 20,000 people are being tested every day and six lakh people are to be tested through rapid antigen kits for free. The antibodies in the recovered person's plasma are expected to improve the condition of the patient requiring treatment. "People were donating plasma earlier too but now we have created a system", Kejriwal said. However, in the past one month his government significantly increased the number of beds and there is no shortage presently, he had said. "As a mark of honour, Delhi government will offer an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore to the family of Dr Gupta", he said.