In a show of affection for their foster home, 13 migrant workers from the district who recovered from COVID-19 volunteered to donate plasma for the treatment of infected people.
This was one of the many results of the second phase of the ‘Let’s Reach Out Kerala’ migrant program, an initiative led by Athithi Devo Bhava, a welfare project for migrants from the National Health Mission (NHM) district unit in association with the Center for Livelihoods and Social Innovation at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, from Casa IMA here.
The control room set up as part of the initiative encourages COVID-19 patients who are negative for the plasma pool. “We can only receive plasma from symptomatic patients who have recovered and have so far contacted 56 of these migrant workers. Some of them agreed to analyze a possible donation as soon as they feel completely fit, which is perfectly understandable, ”said Akhil Xavier Manuel, nodal officer, Athithi Devo Bhava.
Meanwhile, the district DYFI committee is also running a campaign to mobilize plasma donors, having already won 17 donors since October 9, when a statewide campaign was launched.
“We are in the process of compiling a list of potential donors on grassroots committees to keep the campaign going. All of these potential donors are approached, and those who express reservations about donating plasma are receiving counseling to ease their apprehensions, ”said A.A. Anshad, district secretary, DYFI.