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August 17 2020 at 09:52 PM by Samikshya Joshi

Plasma therapy is playing a vital role in solving the world's biggest health crisis in recent times. As many options are being explored to treat COVID-19, plasma therapy is the oldest treatment being, though tested, is convalescent plasma.


What is plasma therapy?


In this process, the blood plasma from earlier patients who have recovered from COVID-19 is collected and infused into patients who currently have the disease. As we all know that the key component of plasma for treating infections is antibodies. As antibodies or immunity is transferred from the healthy to the sick to fight the virus.


Is COVID 19 100% curable now?


A patient in Bhubaneswar, who was administered plasma therapy has shown positive results. With spiking cases, the government decided to start this therapy until the vaccine is invented. Although it has proven to improve the immune system of a person to recover from the disease. Much is still unknown and many patients have other underlying conditions, like diabetes, which makes it difficult to find enough antibodies for the treatment.


Who can donate Plasma?

Give back to your community, reach out and check in on neighbours, friends, co-workers, and relatives, to support the vulnerable group.


If you have recovered from COVID-19

Consider donating convalescent plasma that may help others recover from COVID-19. Whereas the eligibility criteria for plasma donor are:

  • Age of the donor must be between 18 to 60 years
  • Bodyweight should be above 50kg
  • The pulse rate should be normally between 50-100 with no irregularities
  • Body temperature and blood pressure should be normal
  • The donor should not suffer from any chronic or infectious disease
  • The donor has not gotten a tattoo or piercing in the last 6 months
  • The donor has a haemoglobin level of a minimum of 12.5 g/dL


If not had COVID-19 - consider donating blood. The pandemic has caused a future strain on the blood supply, and one blood donation can save up to three lives.


Plasma Banks in Odisha:

  • MKCG Medical College and Hospital at Berhampur
  • VIMSAR at Burla
  • IGH at Rourkela
  • Capital Hospital at Bhubaneswar
  • SCB Medical College in Cuttack

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