Chennai launches first plasma bank

Chennai launches first plasma bank

The first plasma bank in Tamil Nadu was launched at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai on Wednesday, with AIADMK legislator N Sathan Prabhakar, who had recovered from Covid-19, becoming the first donor at the facility.

The plasma bank, which was established at a cost of Rs 2.34 crore, was inaugurated by Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar.

The infrastructure supports plasma retrieval of 500 ml each from seven people simultaneously in 30 minutes. “With the continuous support of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, we have established the first plasma bank. Those who recovered from Covid-19 are encouraged to donate plasma after 14 days,” said Vijayabaskar. However, patients with comorbidities should not donate the plasma, he said and urged those who have recovered from the virus to come forward without fear or apprehension and donate plasma for saving lives.

RGGGH is also conducting trials in convalescent plasma therapy. As many as 24 out of 26 persons, who participated in the process, recovered from the illness.