Plasma therapy was launched at the GMCH earlier in July
Plasma therapy was launched at the GMCH earlier in July|File image
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Tripura to start plasma therapy soon to treat COVID-19 patients

Decision taken by state govt after meeting with health officials amid sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, says minister Ratan Lal Nath

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: As the numbers increase, the state government has decided to soon start plasma therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients, said law minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that due to sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, the decision was taken by the state government after a meeting with the health officials. However, the implementation would take a little more time.

So far, only Assam has started plasma therapy in the region after Delhi received effective results treating COVID-19 positive patients.

"From Monday, a door-to-door survey will begin across the state. Names of those having symptoms would be listed and their samples would be tested through a rapid antigen testing kit by the health department," Nath said.

He also said that the state has three dedicated committees who are engaged in monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the state.

The state has a Covid core group headed by Dr Radha debbarma, director health and family welfare, with Dr Tapan Majumdar, Dr Debasish Roy, medical superintendent of GBP hospital, Dr Deep Debbarma, Joint secretary Subhashish Das, and NHM director as members.

"This committee will decide the clinical aspects while the strategic committee headed by Dr Radha Debbarma along with Dr Subrata Majumder, Dr Bhaskar Majumder, Dr Samarpita Dutta and Dr Kanak Choudhuri will propose ideas to the state government and health department", Nath added.

The technical committee gives suggestions on treatment, laboratory and process. The core committee has been taking stock of the updates after every 15 days.

Speaking further, he said that currently, 244 persons are in facility quarantine and 4,412 in home quarantine. A total of 1,25,727 samples have been collected, out of which 1,24,138 have been tested.

So far, 3,674 persons have tested positive with the virus, while 2,072 persons were discharged after they recovered from the virus, with 10 deaths.

The positivity rate stands at 2.80%, test per million at 31,053, while the recovery rate stands at 60.04% and mortality rate at 0.29%.

The minister also informed that currently there are seven machines of which three would be set up shortly in different locations. The ventilator strength has increased to 94 while order for 50,000 kits has been placed by the department.

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