Guwahati: Plasma donors in the state to avail special preferences in State government jobs and schemes. Thanks to the State government’s ambitious plan to launch a pan India campaign to collect plasmas from COVID 19 recovered patients on Saturday.
The state health minister Himnata Biswa Sarma believed that plasma therapy may help recovering mild to serious COVID 19 patients to a large extend.
At least three COVID 19 patients undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) have received plasma therapy so far and the results were promising.
Sarma said, “We want more and more people to donate plasma. A recovered patient can donate plasma only till three months from the day of recovery but in many other States, there is no plasma bank. So we want to keep our plasma bank’s doors open for donors from outside the State too.”
He announced that the health department will bear all the cost of the ‘two way travel of such person and will also treat them as ‘State Guests’.
“For the donors from Assam, they will be given special preferences in the selection for any government jobs as well as benefits under government schemes. One person’s plasma can save two lives. These donors deserve more,” the minister said.
Sarma informed that apart from GMCH, medical colleges in Tezpur, Diburgarh, Silchar and Jorhat too will be able to separate plasma from the blood within a week. In 15 days, Barpeta and Diphu MCHs too will start the process. The logistics were currently being installed.
“This will be a virtual bank with six collection centres controlled centrally at GMCH. The state government will provide all the necessary logistics to transfer the plasma from one centre to the other immediately,
Already a separate board has been formed for controlling the plasma bank centrally.
In Assam at least 53 COVID 19 patients were in ICU till filling of this report as Assam’s total COVID count inching towards 20,000 marks. At least 40 patients who were in ICU died in the State too.