Tribune News Service
Patiala, September 24
After poor response from potential plasma donors, the Government Medical College (GMC) and Rajindra Hospital have now asked its own employees, who have recovered from the Covid-19, to come forward to donate plasma.
In an appeal to staff members, including nurses and doctors, the GMC principal, Dr Rajan Singla, said there was a dire need of plasma for Covid patients. Therefore, everyone, who recovered from the coronavirus, should donate plasma to help the seriously ill patients, Dr Singla added.
The appeal was made in the wake of poor response from donors. As per the Rajindra Hospital authorities, Punjab’s first plasma bank could collect only 30 units since its launch.
So far, over 100 staff members of the Government Rajindra Hospital, including senior doctors, clerks, nurses and the ministerial staff, have been infected with the disease.
“If we can’t convince even our own staff then how can we convince other patients? I have requested the recovered staff to donate plasma to help Covid patients in their recovery,” said Dr Singla. “I will meet discharged patients everyday to convince them to come forward and donate plasma,” Dr Singla added.
Meanwhile, doctors at the plasma bank said, “All safety precautions are taken while a person donates plasma. Therefore, donors should not worry at all.”
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