KARACHI: The Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA), in collaboration with the Sindh Health Department, has established a Plasma Collection Point at Shaheed Benazirabad and started the collection of plasma for COVID-19 patients.
Director, Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA), Dr Dur-e-Naz Jamal, informed that plasma collection has started at the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Shaheed Benazirabad, and plasma donation to coronavirus-infected patients will begin soon.
She informed that plasma collection and donation were being performed in Karachi and Hyderabad earlier. With the approval of the Sindh Health Department and the Drug Regularity Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), this procedure has been introduced in Shaheed Benazirabad for COVID-19 patients.
She further informed that a total of 139 coronavirus recovered patients had donated plasma to COVID-19 infected patients, out of which 110 had recovered from the infectious disease while 29 had succumbed to it due to complications.
She said plasma donation is very low in Sindh due to myths, and there is an urgent need for mass public awareness to increase plasma donation.