IIT Roorkee has announced the launch of a dedicated website to help citizens of the country find verified leads on plasma donors. The website, called COVID-19 Help, is an initiative launched by the National Service Scheme (NSS), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in response to the current situation of COVID-19 second wave across the nation. NSS IIT Roorkee has over 1000 volunteers dedicated to serving the country, says the institute.
There are two options available on the website, one is for requesting plasma and the other for donating plasma. “Owing to the current circumstances across the nation caused by the second wave of Coronavirus, the NSSIITROORKEE team has launched a web portal namely COVID-19 Help, for connecting plasma donors with those who require it. The interested donors can register on the portal,” said IIT Roorkee.
After receiving a suitable request from donors, they will be contacted by the NSS team. “The COVID-19 recovered patients are encouraged to come forward and donate their plasma for the recovery of infected patients. The portal will also serve as an all-in-one place for the COVID-19 resources! It provides access to myths and truths, along with verified leads across various cities. The portal can be accessed at http://covid19help.iitr.ac.in,” added the institute.
Apart from plasma, the website also provides verified information on medicines, oxygen concentrator machines, bed availability, COVID help resources, oxygen cylinders and refill and much more. “The development of the portal by NSS IIT Roorkee is a step ahead in fulfilling its motto of, “Not for me, but for the Nation,” added the institute.
Apart from IIT Roorkee, IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi alumni have launched similar websites as well. IIT Kanpur has launched a dedicated website called India COVID Support, and IIT Delhi Alumni a website called CovRelief.