Pressure mounts to start plasma collection bank in Mangaluru

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Aug 15: The number of people dying from Covid-19 related issues is increasing day by day in the district of Dakshina Kannada. Patients who are being treated in the hospital for various diseases and turn positive for coronavirus require plasma therapy. So there is a strong pressure to start plasma collection centres or plasma banks.

The district administration also is looking into this aspect. Deputy commissioner Dr K V Rajendra has sought report from district health officer Dr Ramachandra Bayari and medical superintendent of Wenlock hospital Dr Sadashiva regarding the facilities available in the district for plasma therapy.

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Dr Rajendra said, "If the private hospitals of the district are interested to start this facility, we will try to get the permission of the state government. I do not know whether necessary infrastructure is available in the district Wenlock hospital for plasma collection or plasma bank."

Convener of Wellness Helpline organization, Qasim Ahmed said, "There is no dearth of plasma donors in the district. The problem is that there is no infrastructure in the district. It will be convenient for the public if permission for plasma collection is given in the city of Mangaluru itself.

"There is no awareness of plasma collection in Mangaluru. As there is no awareness and no permission to collect plasma, the donors are rushing to Bengaluru. The state government has given permission to collect plasma to only a few hospitals of Bengaluru," said Qasim Ahmed.

MLA U T Khader said, "The state government has to take guidelines with regards to the infrastructure that is required for opening plasma bank. In addition, it has to keep track of people who are cured of Covid-19 infection. They have to be made aware of plasma donation also."




Comment on this article

  • ConcernedCitizen, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    It is well known that convalescent plasma therapy is beneficial for mild to severely ill corona-virus patients, and it has shown good results in many hotspots. It should have been implemented long ago, we could have saved some lives. Better late than never. It is important to cut the transmission chain, and improve the resistance to the virus at the community level. Do not entirely trust reports that a vaccine will surely come by this year end, since those experiments have low probability of success, which is why there are large number of candidates in race, around the world.

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  • R.Krishna, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    It is ironic that ICMR has to alert the state government to the grim situation despite
    the state having two doctors as ministers handling key portfolios. Mr. Sudhakar was
    heard saying nothing can be done and the pandemic has to run its course. Mr. Sriramulu
    has thrown the towel long back leaving the public to the God to take care.

    The daily count of infection and death in the district apparently has escaped the attention
    of political class and administration. No one knows what is the current treatment protocol
    in the hospitals. Whether the administration and hospitals have procured the recently
    released drugs like Remedisivir, Favipiravir etc like in Mumbai and Delhi? Comorbidities
    are touted as cause of most of the deaths whereas with the same disabilities the politicians
    are cured of Covid in the first class hospitals. Question arise whether the treatment
    available in local hospitals is inadequate and lacking.

    The government has realised the need of the plasma bank now. Plasma banks are needed
    across the state in many districts. When it will be established is a moot question. Expecting
    our MLAs and MPs to throw their weight behind the proposal will be a mirage. Meanwhile
    we will continue to vote for the party of our choice depending on our ideology. Never we
    will question the leaders we elect what did they contribute to the betterment of human

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  • Sachin, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Since Plasma from recovered Covid patients can be life saver for the vulnerable groups, it is utmost important to have a facility immediately in Mangalore. I hope our representatives will take quick actions to make this facility available for people of Mangalore.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Apart from treating corona ,plasma is used for treating burns , shock, liver disease,blood and immune disorders, viral infections etc. Rather than spend money on unnecessary things, like hospital buildings and interior decorations ,looks etc plasma bank should be a top priority.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Monty Dotor, Mangalore....Our politicians priority is different....!!!!!?????

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