Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated online a plasma bank at Ispat General Hospital of SAIL Rourkela Steel Plant on July 31.
Set up in association with the Government of Odisha, the plasma bank would go a long way in treatment of the critically ill COVID-19 patients, said a release issued by SAIL.
The plasma bank, which is first in this region, is equipped with Apheresis machine for plasma collection, Sealer, Crash Cart, Oxygen line and a Plasma cabinet for storage of 350-500 units of plasma. Persons who have been completely cured from COVID-19 can donate plasma in this centre.
A number of stringent tests will be carried out to check the quality of the plasma before providing the same for treatment of COVID-19 patients, added the release. The centre will be managed by the doctors and paramedics of Ispat General Hospital.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by some senior ministers of Odisha Government, RSP CEO, eminent leaders of the region and senior officers of the Government of Odisha and Rourkela Steel Plant.