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It is no secret that the coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan at an extremely fast rate. Over a hundred thousand cases have emerged so far in the country and many prominent figures have been infected with the virus. Former captain Shahid Afridi just tested positive for the virus too (Read about it here). Amidst such a crisis, it looks like people are not letting up their chance to make profit off the pandemic.
So far, the deadly viral infection has no approved vaccine or treatment but one thing that has proven useful is ‘plasma therapy’. Naturally, doctors are relying on said technique and using Convalescent Plasma (CP) collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19, to treat other patients suffering from the virus as the recovered patients have antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These antibodies from recovered patients can also greatly help other the patients fight the infection. As such, people have started asking for donations for their friends and loved ones to help them fight the virus.
Blood Plasma Donation Turns Into A Twisted Business
Sadly, taking advantage of the situation, many people have started charging unthinkable amounts to “donate” even one bag of plasma. They are exploiting such people in urgent need of a donor for their own profit. Such cases have arisen from throughout the country where people are forced to pay massive amounts because people have turned a noble act into a source of income. As mentioned by a twitter user, this business is being run by people who have previously fought the virus themselves. Coming from the suffering, they should be the first ones to show empathy to the patients but instead are becoming the cause of suffering for others.
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
Some folks have also started mentioning Prime Minister Imran Khan, informing him of what’s happening. They are telling him to hold the people doing such acts accountable as he is responsible for the country.
There are also those who are selling Actrema injections in black for massive sums of cash as well.
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
Unfortunately, this is not the first instance of people taking advantage of the virus to make money. In the beginning of the outbreak, there was a rapid increase in the prices of protective masks and such too..
lucky to find and convince a donor.
Sana makki: Price hiked from Rs. 200 to 5,000/kg
Surgical mask: 3rd class (every maja gama making it without quality control standards)
Pulse Oximeter: Price jumped from Rs. 2,000 to 10,000
Home Oxygen Cylinder: Rare to find one
— عدیل احمد🇵🇰 (@WeAreFA3HAD) June 11, 2020
What people should have done as a matter of Farz-e-Kafaya and Sadqa-e-Jariya, they are doing to rip people off. They are further stipulating families to pay unfair amounts for their loved ones. How they can let this guilt stay on their conscience is beyond us. One can now only pray and hope that God guides this nation!