Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: As COVID deaths continue to rise in Odisha, Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) Director Ajay Parida on Friday informed that Plasma therapy to treat coronavirus patients will start at four hospitals in the State.

Within next 10 to 12 days, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate four such facilities at SCB Medical College and Hospital, KIMS, SUM Hospital, and Aditya Hospital. Preparations are underway to make SCB a hub of plasma therapy, Parida said after attending a meeting at the Lok Seva Bhawan here.

The ILS director said that at present, more than 5,000 RT-PCR tests are being conducted per day in the State and target has been set to ramp up the testing capacity to 6,000 per day.

“Keeping in view the rising number of COVID cases, the discussion was held at the meeting as to how the testing capacity can be increased. Last week, 5600 to 5700 tests were conducted per day and in order to adjust the gap, it has been decided to increase the test to 6000 per day,” he said.

Odisha government has also decided to procure1 lakh rapid antigen test kits to hasten up the testing in the State. Once the kits reach the State, they will be sent to different district headquarters hospitals.

National Health Mission director Shalini Pandit will hold discussion with chief medical officers of all districts and microbiologists to inform them about the technical details, guidelines, and precautions on the use of the kits.
At least 2,000 antigen tests will be conducted per day across the State. With this, altogether about 8000 to 9000 tests will be conducted in the State per day, Parida said.

As of July 10, Odisha has reported a total of 11956 COVID cases including 4476 active cases and 7407 recoveries. The death toll has also surged to 56.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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