Coronavirus has holistically grilled Pakistan. The country is witnessing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths. As there is no approved cure for the deadly virus, doctors are relying on a hundred-year-old convalescent plasma therapy to heal the patients. However, many reports are claiming that certain people are selling blood plasma in Pakistan.
Can’t believe that people have made business out of plasma-with-antibodies-against #COVID19 in Pakistan ?? … come on guys let’s be human. ?♂️
Disaster is no new phenomenon in such heartless societies. #coronavirus
— Think Out Loud With Saboor (@thinkloudsaboor) June 13, 2020
What is Plasma Therapy?
Primarily, Dr. Tahir Shamsi is the pioneer of Convalescent plasma therapy in Pakistan. In this therapy, a blood plasma of recovered Covid-19 patient is given to a coronavirus patient. This way, the patient develops antibodies against the disease; this is also called passive immunity.
As per the doctor, “We can save precious lives using this technique.” He said, “Doctors have saved hundreds of lives with the help of this technique in China since February.” He added, “A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens – either viruses or bacteria – by creating antibodies in the blood. And when the pathogens enter the body, the antibodies already present in the blood successfully fight it off.”
People selling Convalescent Plasma
Sadly, many in Pakistan are selling blood plasma. As per several social media posts, certain people are selling Convalescent plasma at an expensive price.
The fight against Coronavirus in Pakistan:?
Actrema injection: UNAVAILABLE (in black market price over Rs. 1 million for a single person’s course)
Blood Plasma: Rs. 500,000 per bag, if you are
— عدیل احمد?? (@WeAreFA3HAD) June 11, 2020
Mister Prime minister the covid patient is increasing day by day in Faisalabad and Pakistan and the injection is not affordable for everyone the prices of injection is upto 6 lac and people sale out the plasma in 2 lac +this is your responsibility take the action
— Safi Sheikh (@SafiShe10686204) June 12, 2020
کعبہ کس منہ سے جاوگے غالبؔ,
شرم تم کو مگر نہیں آتی.
Some corona recovered patients in Nepal and Pakistan especially Islamabad and Peshawar are selling their blood plasma for up to rupees 10 lacs.
I wonder how can someone think of this after experiencing how painful and scary.
— Gautam Utradi (@GautamUtradi) June 12, 2020
I am staggered to get to know that some Corona recovered patients in Pakistan especially Islamabad & Peshawar are selling their blood plasma for lacs and even up to 1 million.I wonder how can someone even think of this after experiencing this kind of a death-dealing infection. pic.twitter.com/RhvW8xNb8d
— Syed Anas Gillani (@SyedAnasGillani) June 12, 2020
In short, some people in Pakistan have reached the level of inhumane barbaric animals. Although Islamic norms drive the country, these people are doing totally opposite. Moreover, Islam prescribes helping others, and saving lives on one person is like saving the whole humanity; however, these people value money more than humanity and Islam.
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