Delhi government-run GTB Hospital has set the ball rolling to start plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients after it recently got the nod from authorities to conduct the procedure at the facility, a senior official said on Friday.
GTB Hospital is a dedicated COVID-19 facility in east Delhi.
"We have procured one machine needed to do the therapy and installed it. Now, we just need to do a validation test and report to drug controller authorities. Within couple of days, things should be up and running," the official said.
This will be the third COVID-only facility to start plasma therapy, as prior to this LNJP Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital had been granted nod to conduct the therapy.
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"We have also prepared a directory of recovering and recovered COVID patients to keep the contacts handy," the official said.
Recently, Delhi government opened the country's first 'plasma bank' at state-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Science here.