Plasma Treatment for COVID-19 Begins in Odisha

The Odisha government has begun plasma treatment for the affected patients at a hospital in Cuttack, an official confirmed. In plasma therapy, antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19, are used to treat other people.

The procedure has been conducted on a 48-year-old patient at the Ashwini Hospital, the first time for this type of treatment in the state. “The patient has been administered B-positive plasma”, said Dr Jayant Panda, technical advisor to the health department.

Earlier, the state government had announced that the plasma therapy would also be introduced in the SUM Hospital and the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, both of which are located in Bhubaneswar.

The therapy is used to assess the effect on the recovered patients, reducing complications involved in the treatment of COVID-19. A plasma bank has also started functioning at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack from Wednesday, as reported by a health department official.

As of now, four persons, including a doctor, who had recovered from COVID-19, have donated their plasma at the facility. Around 300 cured patients have volunteered to donate their plasma. BJD MLA Prasant Behera from Salipur is one of them.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma for the treatment of critical patients. He also mentioned that the plasma therapy would be free of cost to the patients.

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