COVID-19 Pune: Less than one per cent people donate plasma in the city

Chaitraly Deshmukh
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Plasma donation is allowed at Sassoon General Hospital, Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCM) Hospital in Pimpri Chinchwad, Symbiosis Hospital, Aditya Birla Hospital, Poona Hospital and Janakalyan Blood Bank.

Pune: So far, more than 80,000 patients in Pune district have recovered from COVID-19 and gone home. However, only 194 patients have donated plasma in Pune till August 1.

This shows that less than one per cent of patients donate plasma compared to their recovery. The directors and counsellors of the blood banks are giving out information that awareness should be created in the society about the same.

Patients are said to be reluctant to give plasma due to the misconception that their immunity will be compromised. Experts in the field say that plasma donations have declined due to a limited number of blood banks that are available in the city. As only six blood banks are allowed to take plasma in Pune district, very few plasma donations have been noticed.

In Pune, by the end of August 9, more than 90,000 patients have recovered from corona and gone home. However, according to the information available with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only 194 patients have donated plasma until August 1.

Plasma donation is allowed at Sassoon General Hospital, Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCM) Hospital in Pimpri Chinchwad, Symbiosis Hospital, Aditya Birla Hospital, Poona Hospital and Janakalyan Blood Bank.

Coronavirus patients can donate plasma 28 days after discharge. Donors have turned their backs on this as there are only six plasma donation facilities in the city compared to the number of patients.

Informing about this, Ram Bangad of Rakta Naate Trust said that, "The Maharashtra state government should take initiative to create awareness among the corona free people about plasma donation. The city is experiencing a huge shortage of plasma donors. Currently, plasma donation is in great demand but are not available for COVID-19 patients with AB negative blood type."

The misconception of plasma donation reducing immunity

Experts say that donations are not made because of the misconception that plasma donation lowers immunity. However, donating plasma does not reduce immunity. Therefore, patients who have recovered from COVID-19 should be encouraged to donate plasma, doctors have appealed.

"There are misconceptions among those who have been corona-free that donating plasma reduces or weakens the immune system. There are also fears that after donating plasma, household members will be able to get plasma if they need it. Awareness is needed to dispel these misconceptions and fears." Dr Shankar Mugave, Coordinator-Counselor and Superintendent of Medical Social Services, Sassoon General Hospital said to Sakal Times.

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