National project to achieve self-sufficiency in blood plasma underway: Health minister

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Jul 2021

Donors are being received in six plasma donation centres in five governorates and 20 other centres will open later this year

Plasma donation
A citizen donates blood plasma in one of six centres the health ministry has allocated in five governorates. Egyptian health ministry

Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Sunday that 281 people have donated their blood plasma at plasma collection centers since 14 July.

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

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched the national plasma donation project as part of a presidential initiative earlier this month for the production and self-sufficiency of plasma derivatives.

The project is set to 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 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 centres are fully mechanised and equipped with the latest equipment and technologies in the field of plasma in accordance with international standards, the minister noted.

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