Odisha to start plasma therapy from today; CM directs officials to monitor the situation with Covid-19
In the midst of the rise in Covid-19 cases in Odisha, the state-led Naveen Patnaik government announced that plasma therapy will begin from Wednesday for novel coronavirus patients. The government of Odisha said the plasma therapy would be launched at the three dedicated COVID hospitals including KIMS and SUM in Bhubaneswar and the Cuttack IBS Ashwani Hospital. This was revealed during a high-level meeting on Tuesday, under Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik 's chairmanship. Convalescent plasma therapy is a treatment requiring the use of blood-borne antibodies in patients that have recovered from Covid-19 to treat other infected individuals. Given the maximum spike in Covid-19 positive cases in the districts of Ganjam, Cuttack, Jajpur, Sundargarh and Khurda following the arrival of migrant workers from the hotspot states, CM Naveen Patnaik directed officials to reinforce monitoring of situation. Naveen Patnaik also underlined and directed the administration to ensure dignity for the last rites of the patients who die of Covid-19. CM Naveen Patnaik stressed recruiting more laboratory technicians and deploying more ambulance vans for faster diagnosis and treatment of the patients. Used for treating people with extreme Covid-19 caused by the novel coronavirus, convalescent plasma therapy. "Without a vaccine or effective medication for the deadly virus, doctors and researchers are testing various methods to tackle respiratory disease, such as convalescent plasma therapy," said Dr. Achyuta Samanta of KIMS Covid Hospital. Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy said about 7,000 samples are being checked daily in the state, and the number will soon be increased to 9,000 per day in the coming week. Notably, the Odisha's Covid-19 tally went up to 14,280 after 543 more persons tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state on Tuesday. A one-year and 3-month-old baby, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died on Tuesday, taking the total death toll of the state due to Covid-19 to 74.