Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to start advanced plasma therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the State.
A decision in this regard has been taken at a high level meeting chaired by State Health Minister Naba Das at the Lok Seva Bhawan on Thursday.
The Health Minister has directed to set up a technical committee to determine methods of plasma therapy for the treatment of corona patients. The committee will also prepare a detailed guideline about the various aspects of the plasma therapy.
In the first phase plasma banks will be set up at four medical institutes of the State – SCB Medical College, Ashwini Hospital, SUM and KIIMS Hospital.
Plasma therapy involves transfusion of plasma from a convalescent coronavirus patient to a critical patient. The blood of a convalescent patient is rich in antibodies that are expected to help the critical patient recover.
India’s first plasma bank was set up in Delhi on July 2
According to the WHO, the experience in the past suggests that the empirical use of convalescent plasma can be a potentially useful treatment for COVID-19.