Plasma bank becomes operational



Health secretary Nila Mohanan on Friday said that a plasma bank has been set up at the in-house blood bank of Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim and has been made operational.

She informed that three recovered COVID patients have come forward to donate plasma and added that their blood has been stored and will be processed to extract plasma once the Apheresis machine is delivered and subsequently gets installed at

the blood bank. This development is a positive sign, as the state will soon begin Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of critical COVID patients.

CPT is a procedure wherein plasma from the blood of a recovered COVID patient is transfused into a critical COVID patient. The blood of the recovered COVID patient develops antibodies. When injected into the blood of the severely-ill patient, these antibodies help that person fight the dreaded infection.