Odisha starts plasma therapy to combat COVID-19

Subrat Kumar Sarangi

Bhubaneswar (NVI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Plasma Bank at SCB Medical College & hospital, Cuttack, for providing treatment to the seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

Odisha becomes the third state in the country to adopt plasma therapy after Maharastra & Delhi.

A dedicated plasma bank has been set up at SCB Medical College and Hospital, designated as the nodal centre for the therapy. It will maintain a centralised registry of patients recovered from novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the therapy will be rolled out at Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack, SUM and KIMS Covid Hospitals in Bhubaneswar.

“This therapy will be made available free of cost to the people of the state,” Patnaik said.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister made an appeal to all the COVID survivors to come forward for donating plasma to help in the treatment process.

According to the experts, bodies of coronavirus recovery patients produce plasma in the blood which is given to a critical patient to fight COVID.

In addition to this, a 48-year-old critically-ill COVID-19 patient became the first person to receive the plasma therapy in Odisha at Ashwini COVID Hospital.

-CHK