GUNTUR: Ponnur legislator Kilari Rosaiah, who recently recovered from Covid-19, has become the first person in the district to consent to donate his plasma. This is significant given the administration has decided to launch plasma therapy at Covid-19 hospital near Mangalagiri.
Rosaiah visited the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) centre in the city on Wednesday and handed over the consent letter to district collector I Samuel Anand Kumar and IRCS vice-chairman PR Raju.
Sources said the district-level ethics committee will go through the consent letters and health reports of all the prospective donors and take a call on allowing the donation on a case-to-case basis.
As per the rules, prescribed by the ICMR, people aged between 18-50 years and who have recovered from Covid-19 are primarily eligible to donate blood plasma. However, the ethics committee, constituted by the district collector, will check the other parameters including health status and reasons for the donor coming forward before allowing the donation to take place. The ethics committee would also look into whether there are monetary considerations or pressures on prospective donors coming forward.
Speaking on the occasion, Rosaiah said he had decided to donate the plasma as many Covid-19 patients are apprehensive about their recovery. He said the state government is taking all possible measures to protect the lives of the coronavirus patients.
District collector Samuel Anand Kumar said they are set to launch a plasma donor cell in the Red Cross office to enable more youths to come forward and donate plasma. He said they have government clearance to launch plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients at NRI hospital.
Red Cross vice-chairman Raju said they would start the physical collection process only after getting the green signal from the ethics panel.