Berhampur, August 23 (LocalWire): Plasma therapy has brought a new hope in the worst-affected district by COVID-19 in Odisha – Ganjam, as it has helped at least 13 persons recover from the deadly COVID-19 disease so far.
While the condition of 30 patients who have been given plasma treatment is improving, the condition of nine others is stable, official sources said.
As many as 61 patients undergoing treatment at the three COVID Hospitals in the district (Tata, Ashwini and MKCG Medical College and Hospital, have been treated through plasma therapy so far.
The plasma therapy was started at Tata COVID Hospital at Sitalapalli in the district on July 22, while a plasma bank was set up at MKCG Medical College here on August 5 to encourage the cured persons to donate their plasma.
Around 400 persons have shown their interest to donate plasma in the district, sources said.
With ten units of plasma collected on Sunday, a total number of 63 plasma units have been collected so far in the newly set up plasma bank so far, said district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
N. Damburu Reddy, former member of Zilla Parishad, who donated plasma after recovering from COVID on Sunday, said it was a new experience for him.
“As it took around 50 minutes to complete the entire process, the authorities screened popular Hindi films on LED to avoid tension,” he said. He also praised the staff-deployed in the bank, saying they were very cooperative.
As more and more people have been shown their interest to donate plasma to save the lives of others, we are planning to give the plasma treatment to the patient at an early stage to bring down the number of deaths in the district.
“We have already discussed with the doctors in this regard and we will start plasma treatment at an early stage, particularly for those who are suffering from other ailments like diabetes, hypertension etc.,” he added.