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From Covid ward to plasma bank, nurses in Delhi go the extra mile

Written by Somya Lakhani
| New Delhi |

Printed: July 30, 2020 3:22:15 am


Surendra Kumar (left) and Bhanu Sharma donate plasma

Per week in the past, when nursing officer Bhanu Sharma was on responsibility at Lok Nayak Hospital’s Covid-19 ICU, he obtained a name from a younger affected person’s husband that made the 30-year-old tear up — and join plasma donation. “The affected person is in her 30s… her husband requested me to someway save her as they’ve a two-year-old daughter. I’ve a daughter of the identical age too. I realised that aside from Covid responsibility, I have to do all the pieces else attainable to save lots of lives,” mentioned Sharma, who had examined constructive for the virus on June 13.

On Monday, he donated plasma for the primary time at Lok Nayak, the place he has been working at since 2014. “I used to be hospitalised as I had bother respiration and fever… I’ve been on that mattress so I do know what it seems like. Donating plasma was the obvious choice,” mentioned Sharma.

For the final three days, Lok Nayak’s nursing officers have been donating plasma at a camp organised by the Nurses’ Union, mentioned union head Jeemol Shaji. “Over 90 nursing officers examined constructive whereas on responsibility serving Covid sufferers. All those that recovered and match the donation criterion are doing their bit. We hope to encourage extra folks to return ahead,” mentioned Shaji.

Among the many donors was nursing officer Surendra Kumar Yadav (31), who was asymptomatic and recovered by mid-June. A father of two, Yadav mentioned, “Whereas on Covid responsibility, I heard of younger sufferers succumbing to the virus, some didn’t get plasma remedy… I do know the success of the remedy is debatable but when my plasma can save even one life, I’ll think about myself fortunate.”

Yadav determined that as quickly as he develops sufficient antibodies, he would donate plasma. On Monday, he was the primary in line.

On Wednesday, it was nursing officer Pradeep Barwar’s flip to donate plasma. The 33-year-old had recovered mid-June however the loss of life of some acquaintances as a result of Covid shook him up: “I can’t say if they might have survived if plasma was given however I needed to do my bit for others. I’ll donate once more if I get the prospect.”

The camp additionally noticed a nursing officer from Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday. Athul Ravi (26) joined Safdarjung on Might 30 and examined constructive for the virus on June 23. After recovering and rejoining responsibility, Ravi obtained to know of a affected person — from his residence state, Kerala — who wanted plasma. “We have now a WhatsApp group of Keralites and somebody posted concerning the affected person and requested if I may donate. So I went to donate,” he mentioned.

In a bid to bridge the hole between Covid sufferers and plasma donors, a WhatsApp group referred to as ‘Abhayam’ (which means ‘shelter’ in Malayalam), comprising 200 nursing officers and different workers at AIIMS, has come to their rescue.

Coordinator Joseph C T (41) mentioned, “The group has been energetic for a couple of months now and was aimed toward offering assist to needy sufferers exterior AIIMS; then we realised there was a scarcity of blood in blood banks, so we began coordinating that. For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been serving to sufferers get plasma.”

Within the group, messages of “plasma wanted” are shared, and nurses who’ve recovered donate or unfold the phrase.

“Final week, an AIIMS nurse donated plasma and so did his brother, who just isn’t an AIIMS worker… We wish extra folks to return ahead,” mentioned Joseph.

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