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Delhi resident Tabrej Khan donated plasma 6 times between 18 April and 20 June. He is now planning to donate for a seventh time and sent his blood for antibody test to LNJP hospital.
Since its launch on 29 June, only 280 donors have come forward for convalescent plasma trial-cum-treatment project. But the state was expecting at least 500 donors by now.
While several clinical trials are underway across the world to test the efficacy of convalescent plasma therapy, the results from these studies are limited.
The AIIMS nurses started the group, called Abhayam, last month. It has over 160 members who coordinate efforts for blood and plasma donations.
The Covid success stories associated with plasma therapy have led to the setting up of donation banks, including in Delhi. But not all recovered Covid patients can serve as donors.
Officials and staff members at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences say they have been following Delhi govt's instructions to offer plasma only to residents of the city.
From plasma banks to social media requests for donors, plasma therapy appears to have gained a lot of traction even though its efficacy remains a matter of research.
The AAP chief said the number of people donating plasma is less and also asked recovered patients to donate after 14 days of recovery.
Finding plasma donors has proved a tough prospect because donations depend on certain conditions. Also, many recovered Covid patients have been reluctant to donate.
Set up by regular people, India's KAB Welfare Foundation & Dhoondh, Pakistan's Corona Recovered Warriors connect plasma donors with Covid patients.