Pune, August 8, 2020: At a time when the city is witnessing the highest spike of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases, hospitals are requesting recovered COVID patients to donate blood plasma that may help treat active cases in the city. To motivate people who had recovered, a plasma donation programme was held on Friday (August 7) by the officials of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) Group 1 and BJ Government Medical College and Sassoon general hospital.
This programme was held under the guidance of Deputy Inspector General of Police (SRPF) Naveenkumar Reddy and Sassoon General Hospital Dean Dr Murlidhar Tambe. Going beyond the call of duty, around 16 policemen signed up to donate the plasma, and it was decided that six police personnel will be donating it every day. All the jawans who donated plasma were honoured with certificates and bouquets by the Dean.
On this occasion, DIG Reddy said, “A total of about 200 COVID positive personnel from the Pune division of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been counselled. In this, 85 jawans have donated plasma. Those who are eligible to donate plasma will be sent to Sassoon Hospital Blood Bank to donate plasma in phases.”
Dr Tambe added, “Sassoon Hospital always gets the support of the SRPF through blood donation. Despite the outbreak of the Coronavirus, these jawans have worked tirelessly. While working, some of them were affected by the deadly virus, but as soon as they recovered, they joined the duty. The work of jawans is commendable. Now they are donating plasma for active COVID patients’ treatment.”
The plasma donations will begin next week. “The people who have recovered must come forward and donate plasma. One COVID plasma donation can save the lives of two corona patients,” appealed Dr Tambe to the people.