Finally, the first Plasma bank became operational in Meghalaya with six donors donating plasma on the first day. The plasma bank started at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Medical Science (NEIGRIHMS) Shillong after receiving the approval for starting plasma therapy from ICMR. The six BSF personnel of Meghalaya Frontier who have recently recovered from COVID-19 donated Plasma that will be further used in the treatment of critical COVID-19 patients.
The blood sample of around 55 BSF personnel who have recovered from COVID was taken. After conducting several tests the personnel whose plasma is found having strong antigens and suitable are shortlisted for donation of plasma and soon the treatment of critically ill COVID patients by plasma therapy will start taking practical shape.
Dr P Bhattacharjee, Director NEIGRIHMS said, “The plasma bank established at NEIGRIHMS will prove to be very helpful for the better treatment of critical patients in future.”He also lauded the noble gesture shown by BSF and said plasma therapy in Meghalaya is becoming a reality due to the efforts of BSF.”
Dr. A C Bhardwajan from BSF informed that So far 761 BSF personnel have tested Covid positive in Meghalaya and 734 have recovered. Although, he mentioned that the border guarding force is taking extra precautionary measures while sending jawans in the border areas.
U K Nayal, DIG/PRO of BSF Meghalaya Frontier said, “BSF considers it an honour to serve the people of our nation not only by securing the borders but also by participating in all other facets for the betterment of society.” He gave assurance on behalf of BSF to continue the donation of plasma by BSF personnel and take all possible measures to fight this pandemic in future also.