Mumbai: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday entrusted 20 ministers of the Council of Ministers with the responsibility of encouraging plasma donation in the state in view of the significant response to plasma therapy for COVID-19 treatment.
According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the minister will regularly assess progress in plasma donation across the state.
The Odisha government has set up a plasma bank in Cuttack and two more will visit the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur in Ganjam district.
Plasma therapy has been started at Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Ashwini Hospital, Cuttack in Bhubaneswar, SUM Hospital, and All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar and Tata COVID Hospital in Ganjam.
According to Odisha’s Health Department, the state now has a total of 22,693 COVID-19 cases, including 7,339 active cases and 15,201 recoveries.
There have been 120 COVID-19 deaths from the state so far.