Arvind Kejriwal Current Affairs - 2020

Delhi Government to set up ‘Plasma Bank’ at ILBS, the First Plasma Bank in India

To treat COVID-19 patients, on 29th June 2020 Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was announced that a ‘Plasma Bank’ will be set up at the National Capital in the next two days. The Plasma Bank will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS).

At the Delhi Government’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, 35 people have been administered with Plasma Therapy out of which 34 have survived. In order to meet the demand of Plasma, the Chief Minister has urged cured COVID-19 patients to come forward and donate plasma.

Plasma Therapy

A person who has recovered successfully from the COVID-19 infection can donate his/her plasma. In the case of COVID-19, Convalescent Plasma is used to transfer antibodies to the patient suffering from the COVID-19 virus. This helps the patient’s body to develop similar antibodies for fighting the COVID-19 virus.

Trials with Plasma Therapy conducted to date have shown positive results. The patients suffering from the virus at the second stage have either a decline in oxygen levels or the respiration levels have increased. In both cases when the patient was given Plasma therapy, the levels have shown improvement.

Plasma donation does not cause any weakness in an individual. A person can donate plasma again in a gap of 10 days.

Largest COVID-19 facility in Delhi

The Delhi Government is to convert the Radha Soami Spiritua Centre into a COVID-19 care facility. The centre is as large as 22 football fields.

Highlights

The centre will the largest COVID-19 facility in the world. It will hold more than 200 halls with 10,000 beds. This is being done to ramp up the capacity of beds in the capital region.

What is the plan?

The Government of Delhi is planning to accommodate 50 patients in a hall. The halls are to get adequate lighting and fans. The halls will also be provided with coolers. Separate tents are to be constructed. It is to be ready for treatment of patients by June 30, 2020.

The centre will also have provisions for accommodation of doctors.

Background

The number of COVID-19 cases suddenly increased suddenly with 44,688 cases. The Delhi Government will also start the Rapid Antigen Test to increase COVID-19 testing in the region. It is to be noted that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently approved the test to increase the testing potential of the country.

With the increase in testing, more number of cases are likely to be hospitalized. Hence, the number of bed requirements is to increase.