Assam junior health minister Pijush Hazarika on Tuesday inaugurated a plasma bank at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) in Jorhat.

Assam junior health minister Pijush Hazarika on Tuesday inaugurated a plasma bank at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) in Jorhat.

Hazarika told reporters that plasma donation by symptomatic Covid-19 recovered patients could be a significant contribution towards the fight against the disease as it has been observed many patients have recovered after being treated with plasma therapy.

He said that results of providing plasma treatment to Covid-19 patients have shown positive results at GMCH with several responding and recovering.

Stressing upon the need to generate more awareness about plasma donation by cured symptomatic patients of Covid-19, he said that a donation of plasma from blood by one-recovered patient normally could be used to cure two patients suffering from Covid-19 infection.

He suggested that a campaign on plasma donation akin to blood donation as being a great act of humanity should be promoted.

Hazarika said that other medical colleges in the State will also have plasma banks and already a few medical colleges like Tezpur, Dibrugarh have started it.

Three recovered patients who donated plasma today were handed certificates by the Minister.

The three donors were Lakhyajit Bordoloi (29) of Sonarigaon here, Nawal Kishore Sharma (27) and Anjali Sharma (26) both from Titabar in Jorhat district.

Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa was also present on the occasion.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com