The first convalescent plasma collection for COVID-19 by apheresis procedure in Meghalaya, was performed on October 6 in the Blood Bank of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).
The procedure was performed on COVID recovered donors from the Border Security Force (BSF) Frontier Headquarter in Shillong.
Apheresis is a medical procedure that involves removing whole blood from a donor or a patient and separating the blood into individual components so that one particular component can be removed.
“The recovered BSF personnel donors were screened for SAR COV-2 IgG index value (Antibodies) along with consideration of blood group and other required parameters, and ten were selected for the first phase,” read a statement issued by NEIGRIHMS on Tuesday.
The apheresis procedure was inaugurated by NEIGRIHMS Director Prof. (Dr.) P. Bhattacharyya and Inspector General (IG) BSF Frontier Shillong in the presence of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Medical Composite Hospital BSF Shillong, the Deputy Director and Medical Superintendent of the premier health institute.