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Pradeep Singh

The long wait is finally over for the people of Odisha as the State has received its first ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine and it is expected to be functional by mid-July.

Informing about the arrival of the machine, Sachidananda Mohanty (Medical Superintendent), Bhubaneswar AIIMS, said that the first ECMO machine arrived at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar on July 29.

"Installation process of the ECMO machine is going on. We are preparing to make it functional very soon, and, maximum by our foundation day (July 15)," informed Mohanty.

Once the machine becomes functional, many poor people of Odisha will be benefitted, he said.

He further said that the second ECMO machine is likely to come very soon, may be by July 15.

The Odisha government has already decided to install six such life-saving equipment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, and also at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

ECMO machine is used when all other medical options are exhausted for a patient when his/her lungs can’t provide enough oxygen to the body. It is also used for patients whose heart can’t pump enough blood to the body.

Health experts claim that four out of 10 COVID patients are getting cured by the ECMO treatment.

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