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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Taking Odisha’s fight against Coronavirus a step further, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated third Plasma Bank of the State at Ispat General Hospital (IGH) in Rourkela.

Inaugurating the Plasma Bank, Patnaik said that IGH will play a crucial role in fighting the deadly virus that has acquired a pandemic proportion in the State.

“After successful trials at Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, now it is a matter of joy and great satisfaction that today we are inaugurating the third Plasma Therapy facility in the State,” said Patnaik.

IGH Rourkela today has a task of great responsibility. I am sure, with the blessings of the people of Odisha, this new centre will be able to come up to our expectations and serve our people well,” the CM added.

Counting the successful Plasma transfusions in Odisha, CM Patnaik said, “It is heartening to note that more than 70 plasma units have been prepared in just 15 days. Eight plasma infused patients have been discharged and 17 patients are showing signs of improvements.”

Patnaik further announced that two more similar plasma centres are coming up at MKCG hospital in Berhampur and at VIMSAR in Burla.

On the occasion, a COVID-19 recovered person, Simanchal Gouda, who was tested positive in the first week of July, volunteered to donate his plasma as the first donor of IGH.

“I feel happy and proud that I will be saving at least two lives with my plasma,” said Gouda.

Notably, Odisha government had kicked off convalescent plasma therapy at Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack on July 16 and a 48-year-old COVID-19 patient was the first person to receive the treatment.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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