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Rashmi Ranjan

Cuttack: Intensifying its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, Odisha government kicked off convalescent plasma therapy at Ashwini Hospital here.

According to sources, a 48-year-old COVID-19 patient at the hospital received the treatment. He was transfused with B +ve plasma.

Earlier, four persons, who recovered from the virus, donated their plasma at SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment, sources informed, adding that, the number of donors is likely rise further as many cured COVID-19 patients are willing to donate their plasma for the treatment of the patients battling for life.

“The plasma collection from the four willing donors was completed by 10.30 pm on Wednesday. After approval from technical committee, B +ve plasma was transfused to a patient undergoing treatment at Ashwini Hospital,” Dr Jayant Panda, state government's technical adviser on COVID-19 said.

“So far, four plasmas have been collected and one of them was administered to a patient at Ashwini Hospital. The number of plasma donors is expected to rise in the future,” Dr Panda added.

Those patients, who get cured of COVID-19, can donate plasma four weeks after getting discharged. The therapy develops immunity of patients helping them to fight against the virus, experts said.

On 15 July, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Covid Plasma Bank at SCB Medical College in Cuttack for treatment of serious COVID-19 patients.

With this, Odisha joins a select club of states which have introduced Convalescent Plasma Therapy for the treatment of serious COVID-19 patients. Odisha is the third state after Delhi and Maharastra to launch Plasma Bank.

Health experts have been expressing optimism on the role of plasma therapy as a game-changer in saving the lives of critically-ill COVID patients.

While SCB Medical College will be the nodal agency for Plasma Therapy, SUM Hospital, KIIMS Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack will provide Plasma Therapy treatment.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

Also Read: Covid Numbers Jump Over 15K Mark In Odisha, 2 More Deaths Take Toll To 79


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