The age limit to donate is 18 to 60 years and patients have to do a preliminary blood test before donation.
After a very tepid response for plasma donation in Tiruchy, doctors and patients have raised a demand for a plasma bank to be set up at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital.
The trial, called PLACID, was carried out under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Research in 39 hospitals across 14 states and Union Territories.
Within a short span of 40 days, Odisha has established six plasma banks across the State and treated 482 serious COVID-19 patients, of which 63 patients have recovered and discharged.
The Mandya Institute of Medical Science had already set up the infrastructure to extract plasma a year ago, which is now being used to treat critical Covid patients.
The Dakshina Kannada district administration is exploring the possibility of setting up a Covid-19 plasma bank in Mangaluru to save the lives of critically ill patients.
Of the 13 patients undergone the therapy, while one was discharged, the rest are recovering and expected to be discharged from hospitals soon.
Facilities to come up at MKCG MCH & Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced setting up of a plasma bank at the Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela
So far, only 10 donors have come forward to donate plasma, which is given to critical Covid patients.
The Karnataka government will inaugurate the state’s first plasma bank on Tuesday.
Governor urges people to come forward to donate plasma and consider it a social responsibility.
Odisha is the third State to start plasma therapy; it will be provided to people free of cost
Last week, the hospital said it has made all arrangements, including procuring an apheresis machine, to provide plasma therapy to COVID-19 patients who need it.
The hospital has hired three expert counsellors who will encourage patients to donate plasma and tell them it is a safe process, according to the official.