Akhil Ennamsetty, one of the initial COVID-19 survivors in Telangana (P-16) who was successfully treated and recovered at the State-run Gandhi Hospital in March this year, has written a letter to the minister for Health and Family Welfare for proposal and request for initiating a COVID-19 convalescent plasma therapy taskforce.
The letter by Akhil, sated, “Post my recovery, I was fortunate to become the first convalescent plasma donor in the State with which I was able to help recover other critically ill COVID-19 patients at the same hospital.”
“After my donation, learning the increasing trend of clinical success of the convalescent plasma therapy at Gandhi Hospital and other designated hospitals in the Delhi-NCR region, I, along with two of my friends in the United States, Rajinipriya Pabbathi and Santosh Shankarnarayan, and a few volunteers from Delhi, have set-up a web portal through which we have started to collect the information of the survivors and potential donors through our contacts and connected them with the patients’ requests from various hospitals in Delhi-NCR. To date, through this month-old initiative, we were able to successfully coordinate about 250 convalescent plasma donations in Delhi-NCR.”
It also added, “With the rapid increase in the spread of the virus, and with the increased effectiveness of the therapy, we have experienced a heavy pour-in of donation requests from various corners of Delhi and had attended to more than 100 requests in the last one week alone.”
Now, ever since the private hospitals in Telangana were involved in the treatment of COVID-19, they have started to receive similar requests from patients’ families in Hyderabad as well. But unfortunately, they were unable to cater to these requests owing to the lack of survivors’ data and poor awareness among the survivors regarding the therapy. With the limited list of survivors that they managed to collect through their peers, they are unable to meet the demand-supply ratio currently.
“Therefore, I hereby request the Government of Telangana to set up a dedicated taskforce to cater to the needs of the convalescent plasma therapy patients and donors in Telangana, as it seems to be the highly effective alternate treatment for the disease currently. For the same, I propose to the government to utilise the services of our skilled team of volunteers for the task and provide it with the consolidated data of the COVID-19 survivors in the region from which we could identify the potential donors.”
Akhil, said, “Services and experience of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in counselling and encouraging the survivors to come forward for voluntary donation would come to much help in this regard. I hope the Government of Telangana will take proactive steps to address this situation with utmost urgency.”