Pune: The Pune Plasma mobile application launched by Pune Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham has received good response with 23 plasma donors coming forward to help 40 Covid-19 patients who had placed requests for plasma through the online platform. Dr Venkatesham has appealed to citizens to come forward to donate plasma and help more Covid-19 patients to recover.
Commissioner Dr Venkatesham has appealed that people who have recovered from Covid-19 should come forward to donate plasma. “Donating plasma has no harmful effects on the body. It can save a person’s life. Plasma demand is likely to increase in the future. Therefore, a large number of Covid-free citizens should take initiative for plasma donation,” he said.
Dr Venkatesham informed that the coordination of recipients and donors has been done by the Special Branch of Pune City Police for the past one week. Deputy Commissioner of Police (SB) Mitesh Ghatte and Assistant Inspector of Police Preeti Shintre are working as coordinators for this project.
So far, 40 Covid-19 patients have placed their request for plasma through this app, and plasma has been made available to 23 of them. Of these, the condition of 21 patients is improving. This app has benefited patients from Pune city and district. However, patients outside the district areas or outside state have not yet received plasma from donors through this app.
Various therapies are being used to treat patients who have contracted the Covid-19 disease. Persons recovered from Covid-19 and those between 18 to 60 years of age within 28 days of discharge from the hospital can donate their plasma. Plasma therapy may be useful for several patients, but people do not have information about plasma donation as much as blood donation.
Keeping this in mind, the then Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar and Commissioner Dr Venkatesham had launched the Pune Plasma App (https://puneplasma.in/) on July 30, 2020 at the hands of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.