Mumbai: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday directed officials to provide life-saving tocilizumab injection and plasma therapy to every COVID-19 patient in critical condition.
In a review meeting on coronavirus status in the state, he said that tocilizumab injection cost around 40,000 rupees and is out of reach for the poor and the state government would immediately approve the funds to make the medicine available to all.
Gehlot instructed the officials to ensure the availability of plasma and life-saving injections in SMS hospitals as well as all medical colleges and district hospitals of the state as required.
The Chief Minister directed to promote plasma therapy in the treatment of coronaviruses and to organize plasma donation camps across the state.
The Chief Minister said that those who have overcome coronavirus should be encouraged to donate plasma keeping in mind the health protocol.
Gehlot said, “Make such arrangements that the plasma needed for medicine should be present in our bank. For this awareness campaigns and donation camps should be organized.”
It was informed in the meeting that plasma therapy has started in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota.
Gehlot said that the state government has increased the COVID-19 test capacity and there should be no delay in obtaining the test results.