(CMR) Following his recovery from the COVID-19 virus, Jamaica's Commissioner of police, Major General Antony Anderson donated blood plasma at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI).
According to medical experts, people who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their blood, which can be used to help others battling the virus.
According to the Major General Anderson, he decided to make the donation to help seriously ill patients recover from virus.
“It made sense to give some of my plasma to help someone who is seriously ill in the hospital,” he said.
Dr. Nwokocha, consultant Hematologist at the UHWI said that the process to donate plasma takes about two hours, from screening to donation. She went on further to say that the process is safe and all precautions are taken to ensure the safety and comfort of all donors. She encouraged persons who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the hospital to arrange for plasma donation.
“[The] persons who recovered from COVID, recovered because they developed anibodies to fight against COVID…usually in the plasma,” said Dr. Nwokocha.
Major General Anderson has encouraged other people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to help others.
He also used the occasion to commended the staff at the University Hospital for taking on this initiative to help others.