As many as 40 Punjab police personnel, recently recovered from coronavirus, have offered to donate their blood plasma to save the lives of others infected with the deadly COVID-19.
The majority of these are from Jalandhar Rural, with SSP Navjot Singh Mahal himself leading the way after recovering from the infection, according to Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta. Punjab DGP has personally reached out to his convalescent officers and men to donate plasma after their mandatory 2-week recovery period ends, subject to fulfilling other conditions for such donation.
Gupta disclosed that within 24 hours of the SSP Jalandhar Rural coming forward to commit to plasma donation, 40 other police personnel had also volunteered, followed by more. The blood plasma of two cops –ASI Ram Lal and PHG Lakhwinder Singh – had already been taken.
All the 33 personnel recovered from Covid-19 in Jalandhar Rural had committed to plasma donation, said the DGP, adding that an increasing number of plasma donors were also coming in from the police department in other districts too. In Batala too, both the cops who have recovered have volunteered to donate plasma while in Gurdaspur, of the two personnel infected, one has recovered and has offered to give his plasma.
Kapurthala has seen 10 of the 14 infected cops recovered and three of them are listed as volunteers while the remaining 7 had to be excluded as they were found to have co-morbid conditions. Jalandhar Rural currently has 7 active cases and Batala has 4.