Pakistani coronavirus survivor donates plasma for new therapy
Yahya Jafri, a Pakistani coronavirus survivor, has donated his plasma to physicians to help them fight the novel infection.
Jafri said at a press conference on Thursday that he was ready to support his country in every way, and thanked God for recovering from the disease.
“This virus will become history and our efforts will be remembered,” said Jafri, while speaking with hematologist expert Dr Saqib Ansari.
Dr Ansari told media last month that Jafri was infected with coronavirus, and after he recovered from the infection, he donated his plasma to cure others.
“FDA will use the plasma to create anti-bodies,” said Dr Ansari. He came to make the donation with his mother. Patients with Coronavirus are being treated with passive immunization, the hematologist said.
The doctor, however, explained that not every patient with corona needs a plasma. He added that the system used to treat patients with dengue virus also operates on those that have the coronavirus. But he added they were waiting for a decision by the government on the matter.
“We have to stop the spread, [carry out] treatment and [end] panic in the society,” said Dr Ansari while explaining the threats doctors face.
The donation comes as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan climbed to 2,360 Thursday after more cases were registered by the government. Death toll climbed to 34.