Guwahati: Four more COVID-19 positive patients Assam lost their lives to the viral infection on Wednesday.
State’s health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to announce the development, “Very sad to share that four more #COVID patients have lost their battle against pandemic today- Shri Bimal Paul (78) from Cachar, Smt Hema Devi (77) from Tinsukia and Dr S.A.W. Hussain (85) & Smt Debari Karmakar (40) from Jorhat. May God help their families to bear this pain.”
Meanwhile, in yet another move by the state government to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, a plasma bank has now been established in Gauhati Medical College & Hospital. As of now convalescent plasma therapy has been used as an experimental procedure to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. The plasma is taken from a person who recovered from COVID-19 and in the process develops antibodies against the infection. When this is re-introduced in the blood of another patient, the antibodies are supposed to help the person fight the virus.
Taking to Twitter, Sarma wrote, “How proud I am to share that newly established #PlasmaBank at GMCH has become a pivot of our collective compassion & hope. Held a discussion with Principal, faculty of #GMCH, Dept of Micro Biology, Bio Chemistry & Blood Bank on how to further strengthen this facility.”
Meanwhile, another 1,216 COVID-19 positive patients were discharged in Assam on Wednesday, taking the total number of recovered patients to 26,618. There are still 8,238 active cases in the state. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 34,947.