A health care provider who recovered from coronavirus grew to become the primary individual in Assam to donate his plasma on the Guwahati Medical College right now because the plasma financial institution there grew to become operational.
Amid rise in COVID-19 circumstances within the state, particularly in Guwahati the place a complete lockdown has been imposed for 2 weeks, the nation’s second plasma financial institution was began on the Guwahati Medical College (GMC) for assortment of blood plasma from sufferers who’ve been cured of the illness.
India’s first plasma financial institution was inaugurated in Delhi on Thursday. Plasma remedy includes transfusion of plasma from a convalescent coronavirus affected person to a essential affected person. The blood of a convalescent affected person is wealthy in antibodies which are anticipated to assist the essential affected person get well.
In the final 9 days, Guwahati has reported 1,833 coronavirus circumstances. Over 90 % of the sufferers have no journey historical past.
A COVID care centre can be being deliberate at IIT Guwahati which was visited by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma right now. The care centre will likely be an 800-bed facility, officers stated.
The Assam authorities is making an attempt so as to add at the very least 3,000 coronavirus therapy beds by subsequent week and has additionally requested non-public hospitals to start out preparations for COVID-19 therapy.
“Glad to share that we’ve started a Plasma Bank at GMCH. The first convalescent donor is a doctor himself, a COVID-19 patient. My gratitude to Dr Lithikesh for donating his plasma, and to the team who is working on this bank. I encourage cured patients to come forward and donate,” the Assam well being minister tweeted.
Glad to share that we have began a #PlasmaBank at GMCH. The first convalescent donor is a physician himself, a #COVID19 affected person. My gratitude to Dr Lithikesh for donating his plasma, and to the group who’s engaged on this financial institution.
I encourage cured sufferers to return ahead & donate. pic.twitter.com/VJKa0qZjy9
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 3, 2020
A pupil of GMC, Dr Lithikesh, from Karnataka, donated his blood plasma right now to turn into Assam’s first convalescent donor. The state authorities is reaching out to sufferers who’ve been cured of COVID-19 to volunteer for plasma donation.
“Our plasma therapy unit and plasma bank is now operational. With the first plasma collection, we have now started the process. We will now be able offer plasma therapy to patients who require it. This is important since not only are we witnessing a spike in cases, we are also getting more symptomatic cases,” Superintendent of GMC Dr Abhijit Sharma stated.
From Saturday, speedy antigen check kits will likely be used at 31 Corona Care Centres (CCC) of the federal government throughout Guwahati, identical to the best way it has been utilized in Delhi.
With a development fee of 6.5 %, Assam is now the third amongst states the place the unfold of the coronavirus is quickest. Karnataka and Telegana are the 2 different states, official sources stated.
“That is why a strict lockdown has been imposed. We need to break this chain. We have identified the hotbeds, we have ramped up testing manifolds. From today, we have stated the rapid antigen tests so that we get the results within an hour and we can isolate the (coronavirus) positive patients early,” Assam Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika stated.
Assam opened an 800-bed makeshift COVID-19 hospital earlier this week on the Khanapara Playground, usually used for public programmes.
The state well being division has additionally turned a part of the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Northeast India’s largest commerce truthful area in Guwahati, right into a Covid care centre which may have 450 beds, officers stated.