281 donated their blood plasma under national project to achieve self-sufficiency

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 - 11:27 GMT

FILE - Sonja Krauthoefer of the University Hospital Erlangen checks donated blood and plasma samples - Reuters

FILE - Sonja Krauthoefer of the University Hospital Erlangen checks donated blood and plasma samples - Reuters

CAIRO - 26 July 2020: Health Minister Hala Zayed said Sunday that 281 people have donated their blood plasma at plasma collection centers since July 14.


Donors are being received in six plasma donation centers in five governorates, spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said, adding that 20 other centers are to open later this year.

Egypt has launched the national plasma donation project as part of a presidential initiative for the production and self-sufficiency of plasma derivatives.

The project will help achieve self-sufficiency of plasma derivatives, thus providing medicines for many chronic diseases, liver and kidney illnesses, and burns.

Supervisor of the national plasma donation project Nevine el Nahas urged those above 18 years to actively take part in the project and periodically donate their plasma every two weeks in line with instructions of the World Health Organization.

All donation centers are fully mechanized and equipped with the latest equipment and technologies in the field of plasma in accordance with international standards, the minister noted. 

The Health Ministry said Sunday night that 39 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in the country began to 284,024.
 
In a statement, Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said six patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 16,487.
 
As many as 422 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 227,612 so far, the spokesman said.
 
Egypt successfully is past a third wave of the pandemic, reporting daily coronavirus counts that are less than 100 for the first time since October last year.
 
Egypt has produced a million Sinovac vaccine doses locally and has imported millions of jabs to vaccinate 40 percent of its 100 million population by the end of the year, a step that the World Health Organization has hailed.

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