The nation is going through an unprecedented crisis due to the socio-economic catastrophe the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought. Against the backdrop of a despairing scenario, there are some celebrities committed to supporting the welfare of people with few privileges and even fewer sources to fight the virus.
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has inaugurated a plasma donation centre at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai and urged COVID-19 recovered patients to donate plasma.
“We are facing an unprecedented challenge to our health in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising to the occasion, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, the police, municipal and government staff are working tirelessly to deliver effective healthcare to all those affected by the virus,” said Tendulkar.
The cricketing icon’s home state Maharashtra is among the worst-affected regions of the nation. With over 2 lakh positive cases, the infection rates of the virus in Maharashtra exceed the recovery rate on a daily basis.
The batting legend has earlier donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the crisis.
The plasma donation therapy has been a scientifically proven method that helps the affected patients to recover at a faster rate.
“Researchers around the globe are working to find an effective vaccine and treatment. In this, plasma therapy has emerged as an option to treat critically ill patients. I congratulate the BMC on starting this service that will save lives,” the batting maestro added.
While speaking to a news agency, the legendary cricketer said that donating plasma to the affected patients is a “god-sent opportunity” and people should not hesitate from doing this noble act.
“I appeal to people who have recovered completely from COVID to come forward and donate their blood for plasma therapy and help to save lives of patients who are critically ill,” he said.