Defunct machine halts plasma donation in Noida | Noida News


NOIDA: Plasma donation at the Rotary Blood Bank in Sector 31 of Noida has stopped since the past one week due to the breakdown of the plasma extraction machine. The bank started operating from early August after its inauguration by UP health minister Atul Garg on July 25.
While a new machine has been ordered at the cost of Rs 15 lakh and the bank is expected to become operational from next week, the district health department and the DM had provided a list of overall 161 Covid-19 recovered patients to the bank for plasma extraction. The bank has a capacity to store 10,000 units of plasma but got only four-five donors so far.
A staff member at the plasma bank said, “No donation is happening at the bank right now. Our machine has broken down and a new one is expected to reach us soon.”
Ravi Chopra, management trustee of Rotary blood bank Sector 31, said that an order for a new machine has already been placed. “Though the machine is imported from the USA, the company’s distributors are sending it from Coimbatore. The dispatch of the machine got delayed due to Onam but we are going to receive it soon,” Chopra said, adding that the machine that broke down could extract plasma as well as platelets, but its security check component malfunctioned last week.
Chopra added that even though the administration has a list of over 100 recovered patients, only four-five have donated plasma and another 10 are willing to donate. “We have refrigerators to store up to 10,000 units of plasma but we are not getting adequate donors,” he said.

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