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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is now focusing on plasma therapy as a part of its ongoing strategy to reduce fatalities and improve COVID-19 recovery rate. Encouraged by the preliminary success, Odisha government on Tuesday inaugurated the second plasma bank of the State at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

The plasma bank was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through video conferencing today.

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, “It is matter of satisfaction to launch the second phase and extension of plasma therapy services at four more centres. Just a fortnight ago, plasma therapy was introduced in the State and the preliminary results have been very encouraging. The SCB doctors have made the entire world proud by introducing this advance medical treatment,” said Patnaik.

46 units of plasma from 23 cured COVID-19 patients have been collected in two weeks' time. This has given us the confidence to expand the services to other parts of the State by adding more plasma centres. Today, the plasma bank at Capital hospital has been inaugurated and it will be followed at IGH Rourkela, MKCG in Berhampur and VIMSAR in Burla.

“It is the solemn commitment of the State government in Odisha that no person will be deprived of access to latest medical technology. The plasma donation was introduced in Odisha as a government initiative and now with participation of more and more people, I hope it will become a community-driven people’s movement,” Patnaik added.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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