MUMBAI: A 23-year-old on Wednesday became the first woman plasma donor in the Palghar district.
The plasma therapy is being trialed as a treatment for moderate and serious Covid-19 patients through a pan-India and a pan-Maharashtra trial.
Recovered patients have antibodies in their plasma that can help patients fight the virus. Among those who cannot donate plasma include women who have ever been pregnant.
Dhanashree Chavan who had tested positive for Covid-19 on July 17 donated plasma at the Sathiya blood bank in Nalasopara (west). Vijay Mahajan, chairperson of the bank said that Dhanashree contacted his office and asked to know about plasma donation.
On Wednesday, after the procedure that lasted for an hour-and-half, she went home. Dhanashree is the daughter of former Shiv Sena corporator from Nalasopara Shirish Chavan.
Mahajan said that since the bank got permission to collect plasma in July, they have got 35 donors. This includes a health worker Rajendra Dhage who has donated plasma four times since August 5.
The district collector Dr Manik Gulsale on Wednesday appealed to recovered patients in the 18 to 60 age group to come forward and donate plasma. Sathiya bank is the only private bank in the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to collect plasma.

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