Covid-19 exclusive: How illegal traders of plasma taking over the market in India

“Operation Plasma Bazar” revealed that Covid-19 recovered patient’s are demanding lump-sum amount of money for providing their plasma to recovering patients.

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Plasma therapy may not be a magical bullet but has proven to be globally accepted method of treating coronavirus infected patients. In plasma therapy antibody rich blood of recovered patients is used to treat the covid infected patients. The India Today investigation revealed a growing black-market for this plasma. This market is born out of fear of families who want to save their loved ones on any cost.

This therapy was invented in 1890s to cure diphtheria; plasma therapy was helpful in reducing fatalities during 1918 Spanish flu. Now worldwide doctors are using same old technique to treat moderately ill coronavirus patients. Studies show that this therapy is showing effective results.

How Illegal Traders of plasma Taking Over

India Today conducted “Operation plasma bazar” that revealed this illegal trade practice. Individuals recovered from Covid-19 are caught selling their plasma for large sum of money. Here are some of the illegal trader’s of Plasma which were caught in the investigation-

  • Mohd Iliyas a recovered patient of Covid-19 who resides in Delhi’s Zamrudpurand his nephew Asad khan was caught demanding Rs. 5 lakh in exchange of plasma donation. A 53 year old Iliyas offered to sell second dose if needed after 20-25 days.Covid-19 exclusive: How illegal traders of plasma taking over the market in India. The policy times

( Image taken from India Today (Operation Plasma Bazar)

  • Mohsin a resident of Nandi Nagar in north-east Delhi is a broker who sings deal with the recovered patient and recovering patients and charge commission between Rs 50,000-1, 00,000. He also demanded advance of Rs. 10,000 immediately.   Covid-19 exclusive: How illegal traders of plasma taking over the market in India. The policy times

Image taken from India Today (Operation Plasma Bazar)

  • Another victim Shamsher Singh a 28 year old man who was discharged from AIIMS in Delhi last month was caught selling his Plasma for Rs 50,000 after negotiation he agreed to sell his Plasma for Rs 40,000 and asked for the immediate payment in cash.Covid-19 exclusive: How illegal traders of plasma taking over the market in India. The policy times

    Image taken from India Today (Operation Plasma Bazar)  

    In India paid donation of blood and blood components is strictly prohibited under Law and if somebody is caught while performing this illegal trade practice will be punishable.

    CM Arvind Kejriwal on “Black-marketing of Plasma”

    Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said, “I will probe on why plasma is being bought from black market if government is selling it for free.” He also told team India Today that more than 500 units of blood are already available in bank for all blood groupsfor free in ILBS. He appealed people to stop encouraging these illegal trade practices. He also said that investigation will be done to understand the reason behind this black-marketing.

    Further he urged people not to buy it from black-market. Government is providing it for free but unfortunately middle-man have turned plasma donation into trade. He appealed that there is no need to encourage these illegal practices as stock of blood in available in their blood banks for all blood groups for free.

    Action to be Taken

    In response to India Today’s investigation Kejriwal promised strict action against those found indulged in such practice.

    Delhi’s health Minister Satyendar Jain said, “You give us complete information. Strict action will be taken. This will not be tolerated. This (plasma donation) is a virtuous act. Anyone involved in its sale or purchase is guilty. We will take strict action against the sellers and the buyers”.

    Authorities at LNJP hospital explained that Plasma donations it receives are used for in house Covid-19 patients. Dr. Suresh Kumar from LNJP hospital said, “Our hospital is the government sector and do not provide plasma to any outsider there is a lot of demand for Plasma therapy but they did not provided it to any private-sector operator”.

    Dr Kumar also warned black-marketers of criminal prosecution if they are caught indulging in such practices.

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Covid-19 exclusive: How illegal traders of plasma taking over the market in India
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“Operation Plasma Bazar” revealed that Covid-19 recovered patient’s are demanding lump-sum amount of money for providing their plasma to recovering patients.
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