Plasma donors forum created for severe Covid-19 cases in Dakshina Kannada | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Viqaya, the emergency response and social service wing of the Samastha Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SKSSF), has created an exclusive forum of plasma donors who can give plasma for severe cases of Covid-19 in the district.
Viqaya, in association with the KS Hegde Medicaal Academy, has already conducted a camp in Kaikamba on Sunday, and identified 12 plasma donors, and many of them have already donated too. The organisation has scheduled two more camps –- one will be held at Bengre in Mangaluru and another at Aranthodu in Sullia. Organisers say that they expect to identify more than 100 donors in the next two camps. Once all tests match the plasma donation criteria, the reports and contacts of those identified donors will be handed over to the medical college hospital, said Thajuddin Tarly, district in-charge of SKSSF Viqaya Blood Donors Forum.
Thajuddin told TOI that it is for the first time that a plasma donors’ forum has been created by the SKSSF Viqaya Blood Donors Forum in the district.
“We have commenced a blood donation campaign on August 19 and it will conclude on October 2. Recently, the demand for plasma has been increasing due to the spike in Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, donors have to wait for hours to complete various tests, prior to donating plasma. Hence, we have decided to hold camps to identify plasma donors, along with the blood donation camps. Technicians from the KS Hegde Medical College, where plasma therapy is being conducted at present, collect samples and the data of donors will be available with them. Once the donors are identified by the medical college, donors are contacted based on the data bank, when there is a requirement for plasma,” Tarly said.
Out of the 16 people who voluntarily came forward to donate plasma at the camp held in Kaikamba, 13 were declared fit for donation and six have already donated plasma, he said. “We expect at least 30 plasma donors at our next camp to be held at Bengre on September 20. Meanwhile, nearly 100 donors, including donors from Koadgu are expected to take part in the camp to be held at Aranthodu on September 26. We are in touch with Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner K V Rajendra to take part in the camp to be held at Aranthodu,” he added.

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