Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday said the state will begin treating critical COVID patients with convalescent plasma therapy by next week.
Interacting with media persons in Panaji after chairing a meeting with Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and Chief Secretary Parimal Rai, Sawant said the government is in the process of creating a plasma storage facility at the in-house blood bank of Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim.
“We have ordered the apheresis machine and in the next three days, we will receive it. We are also going to appoint an MD in blood transfusion and trained technicians on contractual basis…everything will fall in place in the next eight days and hopefully by Monday-Tuesday we will start the treatment of patients with plasma therapy,” Sawant said.
He said plasma will be extracted from the blood of recovered patients, who are willing to donate it voluntarily, only after 14 days of their recovery from the dreaded disease.
The Chief Minister said GMC’s blood bank will have the facility to store around 2,000-odd plasma units that can be used in the future or whenever required.