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Delhi Govt to Start ‘Plasma Bank’ for COVID-19 Patients: Kejriwal

Kejriwal also announced Rs 1 crore for the family of a senior doctor at LNJP Hospital who had succumbed to COVID-19.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, 29 June, said that his government has decided to start a 'plasma bank' in the national capital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“The ‘plasma bank’ will start operation in the next two working days. I appeal to COVID-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma to save lives. This ‘plasma bank’ will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi. Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor," Kejriwal was quoted by ANI as saying.

He said that the AAP government has conducted clinical trials of plasma therapy on 29 COVID-19 patients so far, pointing out that the results were good, PTI reported.

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Kejriwal also announced Rs 1 crore for the family of a senior doctor at LNJP Hospital who had succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday.

Earlier, he had taken to Twitter to express his condolences, calling Dr Aseem Gupta a "valuable fighter" who was "known for going out of his way to serve his patients".

The national capital is the second worst-affected by coronavirus in terms of the number of cases. The city has reported 83,077 COVID-19 infections so far, with the death toll standing at 2,623.

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