Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited convalescent plasma therapy commenced at three hospitals of Odisha today and it will be made available free of cost for the Covid-19 patients.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made the announcement while inaugurating the plasma bank at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack through video conferencing.

The therapy, which uses the plasma from the blood of recovered Covid-19 patients to treat critically ill patients have been rolled out at SUM Hospital & KIMS Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Aswini Hospital in Cuttack. SCB has been designated as the nodal centre for the therapy.

“This therapy is expected to be an effective tool in our fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic. Our doctors in government medical colleges have made the entire State proud by introducing this advanced medical procedure,” the CM said while addressing the doctors today.

“Our government is committed to provide higher standard of medical care and treatment to the people of the State. No person in Odisha will be deprived of the latest medical technology,” he added.

The CM appealed to all Covid-19 survivors to come forward to donate their plasma which he believes will go a long way in helping in the treatment of serious Covid-19 patients. He congratulated four donors who have volunteered to donate plasma today.

“I would like to announce that the plasma therapy will be made available free of cost to the people of Odisha,” he signed off.

Earlier in the day, SOA Vice-Chancellor Ashok Mohapatra asserted that plasma therapy will be a game-changer in reducing COVID19 fatalities.

“Those patients who get cured of Covid-19 can donate plasma after 15 to 20 days. We can save serious and moderately ill patients through plasma therapy,” Mohapatra added.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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