GUWAHATI, Aug 13 - At the initiative of Lions Club of Gauhati Greater, eight people donated plasma at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital on Thursday, said a press release.
Addressing a press conference at the GMCH on the occasion, State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma lauded the efforts of the club and highlighted many issues associated with plasma donation. He made it clear that the donation does not affect the health of the donor. A person, after fourteen days of recovery from the disease and within 3-4 months, can donate plasma many times.
A single plasma donation can save two lives and it is better if a Covid-19 patient gets it at the earliest, preferably before being admitted to the intensive care unit, Dr Sarma said. He called upon clubs and organisations to cooperate in this regard.
Prodded by its chairperson Pramod Harlalka, the Lions Club of Gauhati Greater has come up with an innovative idea of identifying persons who suffer from COVID-19 but anyhow recover. The club motivates them for plasma donation and gives a certificate and a cash incentive of Rs 5 thousand each.