In order to encourage plasma donation among people cured of COVID-19, Om Prakash Pramila Devi Memorial Chairtable Trust, Lanka has announced to give an incentive of Rs 5,000 to the first 100 plasma donors from Assam’s Hojai district.
Rohit Agarwalla, chairman cum managing trustee informed to Northeast Now over phone that an official announcement in this regard was made by the Hojai district administration during the Independence Day celebrations programme at Shankardev Nagar on Saturday in the presence of Sum Ronghang, minister for hill areas development, mines and minerals.
Sharing why he took this noble intiative Agarwalla said,” With convalescent plasma therapy, or CPT, emerging as one of the most promising lines of treatment for COVID-19, plasma donation by Covid survivors has become as important as increasing the supply of key medicines and searching for a vaccine. But Specially in Assam, many Medical Colleges with high caseload have reported a shortage of plasma. Poor response from the donors is proving to be a major stumbling block to the widespread use of plasma therapy, which offers hope for the critically-ill COVID-19 patients across the country.”
“So, this incentive will be given as a “GESTURE OF GRATITUDE” to COVID-19 patients who donate their plasma after full recovery, this is meant to encourage such donations to help save lives. This will be done under the full guidance and co-operation of the district administration,” Agarwalla added.
He further said,” Our health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said treatments have a negative impact but not plasma. If given to moderate state, 90 per cent will come back from growing sick”.
“We sincerely appeal all people who are eligible to donate Plasma to come forward for donation. It will cost nothing, but it will save a life.”, Agrawalla said.