Bhubaneswar:2/7/20: Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has directed authorities to constitute a technical committee for outlining plasma therapy treatment plan for coronavirus.
The minister’s direction has come after the Odisha Government decided to start plasma trials for COVID-19 treatment. Das chaired a meeting here on Thursday in this connection which was attended by Health Secretary PK Mohapatra and senior health experts.
The meeting decided that plasma banks will be set up at four medical institutes of the state in the first place. These institutes are SCB Medical College and Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack and SUM and KIIMS Hospitals in Bhubaneswar.
Plasma therapy is an experimental procedure where plasma from the blood of a recovered Covid-19 patient is transfused to a critically ill coronavirus patient.
As the blood of a person who has recovered from coronavirus develops antibodies, when injected into the blood of another patient, these antibodies are supposed to help that person fight the infection caused by the dreaded virus.