New Delhi Current Affairs - 2020

17 days ‘Paudhe Lagao, Paryavaran Bachao’ Campaign in New Delhi from 10th July

A mega tree plantation drive has been announced by the Delhi Government on 2nd July 2020. The name of the campaign is ‘Paudhe Lagao, Paryavaran Bachao’ meaning ‘Plant Trees, Save Environment’. The campaign will begin on 10th July 2020 and will continue until 26th July 2020.

Objective of the Campaign

In the last few years, the National Capital has recorded a high level of air pollution. The campaign is to reduce air pollution by increasing the green cover in and across New Delhi.

In 2017, green cover in New Delhi was 299 square kilometers, this was increased to 325 in 2019. The Delhi Government’s Environment Ministry has set a target of 350 square kilometers of green cover by 2021.

About the Campaign

In 17 days, 31 lakh (3.1 million) saplings will be planted under the campaign. Near ITO in National Highway 20 (NH 20) the campaign will be launched.

Out of the 31 lakh saplings, Delhi Government’s various departments will be planting 18 lakh, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will be planting 9 lakh 40 thousand saplings, 2 lakh by Delhi Municipal Corporation and another 2 lakh will be planted in combine by Delhi Metro, Northern Railways and BSEB.

Out of the 31 lakh saplings, 20 lakh saplings will be of big trees while the remaining 11 lakh saplings will be of shrubs that will be planted on both sides of the roads.

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.