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Pradeep Singh

Berhampur: The first three COVID-19 patients in Ganjam district, who were administered blood plasma in Tata Hospital, have recovered from the virus, informed district collector, Vijay Amruta Kulange.

Informing about the recovery of the three patients, Kulange appealed people, who have already recovered from the infection, to donate plasma.

"Glad to share that these are the first three patients who got Plasma & got cured in Tata Hospital. We appreciate the efforts of our doctors. We request all cured patients to come forward for plasma donation," (sic) tweeted Kulange.

Speaking to OTV, Kulange said that some more COVID-19 patients have been given plasma and they are expected to recover soon.

"I spoke to a few doctors and they opined that plasma therapy is showing positive results. It is rapidly producing antibodies in the COVID-19 patients," he said.

He further said that 291 people have expressed willingness to donate their plasma and a plasma selection centre will be set up soon to identify those who can donate.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had recently inaugurated the plasma bank at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack through video conferencing.

Later on, he also approved the proposals to set up plasma banks at MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur, Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, VIMSAR in Burla and IGH in Rourkela.

Plasma therapy is currently available free of cost in Odisha.

The State government has intensified its efforts to encourage recovered people to donate plasma. Some ministers have also been bestowed with the responsibility to create awareness among people about plasma donation in designated districts.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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