Delhi Government's Plasma Bank has administered plasma to 710 COVID patients, 921 COVID recovered patients have donated plasma*
*CM Arvind Kejriwal's initiative to launch a plasma bank proves to be a boon for COVID patients*
*Plasma therapy helping streamline the recovery of critically ill COVID-19 patients in Delhi*
*Till date, around 710 units of convalescent plasma have been provided to enable the recovery of patients across hospitals in Delhi*
*Around 171 units of A blood group plasma, 180 units of O blood group plasma, and 269 units of B blood group plasma have also been issued for the recovery of COVID patients in Delhi*
*A total of 921 COVID-19 recovered patients have donated plasma at the ILBS plasma bank till date*
New Delhi: *11th August 2020*-CM Arvind Kejriwal's initiative to launch a plasma bank in Delhi is proving as a boon for COVID patients. Along with various steps taken by the Delhi government to combat Corona, Plasma therapy has streamlined the recovery of critically ill COVID-19 patients across Delhi/NCR. The first plasma bank in the country was started in ILBS by the Delhi government on July 2, with an objective to provide free of cost convalescent plasma to patients. Subsequently, another plasma bank was launched at the LNJP Hospital in Delhi. This system has been a crucial element in the Delhi Model of COVID response and is being adopted by other states too.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the plasma banks established by the Delhi government in ILBS and LNJP hospitals are providing free of cost convalescent plasma to all hospitals, including the central government, state government, private, and MCD hospitals in Delhi. Until now, around 710 units of convalescent plasma have been provided, enabling recovery of patients across hospitals in Delhi.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that experts across the world have claimed that plasma therapy can aid in the recovery of critically ill COVID patients. The Delhi government had thereafter asked for permission to administer plasma therapy in hospitals from the central government. The plasma therapy trials were conducted after the permissions received from the central government. The common people were facing issues in obtaining plasma, and plasma banks were established for hassle-free access to plasma. The establishment of the plasma bank by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government was done to put forward an efficient system for the recovery of patients and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths to zero. During the launch of the plasma bank, CM Arvind Kejriwal had requested COVID-19 recovered patients to donate plasma in huge numbers and be effective contributors in Delhi's fight against Corona, which is the essence of the Delhi model of COVID response. He had added that plasma has an important role in the declining death rate of Covid-19 patients and until a vaccine comes, the convalescent plasma therapy should be looked at as an effective treatment for Covid-19.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the convalescent plasma has been provided to patients of all blood groups, including the rare blood group type AB for which 90 units of AB plasma have been issued. Apart from this, 171 units of A blood group plasma, 180 units of O blood group plasma, and 269 units of B blood group plasma have also been issued for the recovery of COVID patients in the city.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the plasma therapy has shown encouraging results in the recovery of critically ill patients. To date, 388 units of convalescent plasma have been issued to patients below 60 years of age, and 322 units have been issued to patients above 60 years of age, who are gradually at a high risk of getting critically ill due to Corona. The youngest patient to receive plasma is 18, and the oldest patient is 94 years. Around 522 males and 188 female patients have been administered plasma therapy.
After the successful model of administering plasma therapies on COVID patients in Delhi, plasma banks are also established in many states across the country. Nations across the world are also establishing plasma banks to aid the recovery of COVID patients.
Various categories of donors have come forward to donate plasma to aid the recovery of COVID-19 patients. Recovered patients belonging to different professions such as police officials, doctors, nurses, army officials, and patients recovered in home isolation have donated plasma at the ILBS hospital. A total of 921 COVID-19 recovered patients have donated plasma at the ILBS plasma bank, including 86 healthcare workers, 209 entrepreneurs, 8 media personnel, 28 police officials, 50 students, 32 government officials, and 508 recovered people including servicemen, self-employed professionals, non-residents of Delhi, etc. Around 14 recovered patients have donated plasma more than once.
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*Deputy CM Manish Sisodia takes first-hand feedback from parents & teachers to review the online and semi-online education system*
-*Online education is not a substitute for school education, it is to keep the learning process moving: Manish Sisodia*
-*Even without proper planning or training, we were able to achieve huge success: Deputy Chief Minister*
- *Online and Semi-Online education is the need of the hour: Sisodia*
- *After achieving 98% result in CBSE exams, we need to set new goal for ourselves: Sisodia
NEW DELHI : 11 August 2020-Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today interacted with teachers and parents at KGSBV School, Chirag Enclave to review the online and semi-online education system. Today was his 8th successive review in as many zones. AAP MLA from Greater Kailash, Mr. Saurabh Bhardwaj also attended the session.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “We wanted to take first-hand feedback from parents to improve the current online and semi-online education system. According to the data that came to us, this experiment is going well. But I have come here to understand the ground reality from you.” He emphasized the importance of schools and said, “Students are facing huge losses due to the ongoing pandemic. The kind of exposure and growth a child gets while coming to school cannot be compensated through an online medium. Our motive is to reduce the quantum of the loss which students are facing. Therefore, online and semi-online education is the need of the hour.”
Mr. Sisodia said that students who did not have online resources were contacted through the phone call. A semi-online pattern was introduced for them and the material was given. He said, “83 percent of the children of this school and zone are connected with us through online and semi-online classes. But the remaining 17 percent of the children have not yet been contacted. Nearly 35% children of class 6 in this zone are not in contact as they are mostly those who joined Delhi govt. school from MCD schools. Either their address is changed or they have changed their number and MCD schools did not update it before transferring them.”
Giving credit for this success to parents and teachers, Mr. Sisodia said that the government has only provided the platform, all the hard work has been done by the teachers and parents. He said that the corona epidemic is the worst crisis mankind has seen.
Deputy CM said, “I am also a father. My son is also confined to a room and laptop. I understand that this situation is not adequate for children’s development but our motive right now is to keep the learning process moving. If the parents and teachers along with the 16 lakhs students of Delhi will start praying, we are sure soon we will be able to re-open our schools”
Mr. Sisodia talked about the importance of activities in online education. He said Finland’s education system is considered to be the best in the world. Even in Finland, a lot is taught through various activities.
Mr. Sisodia said, “We had to experiment with the online mode of education suddenly. Even without proper planning or training, we were able to achieve this success only because of our teachers who worked extremely hard. Today, after achieving the 98 percent result in boards, even CBSE has started praising our teachers.”
During the review, the parents said that the children are enjoying this education a lot. One parent said that the children became irritable during the lockdown. But online education is now helping them. Another parent suggested an idea of conducting PTM through video conferencing so that parents can also share their concerns with the teachers. Mr. Sisodia endorsed the idea and directed the concerned officials to work on this. A parent said that two years ago, she got her child transferred from a private school to the Delhi government school, today she is more than satisfied.