COVID-19 cases in Assam have surged past the 58, 000 mark. While the exact number of infections detected stand at 58, 837 the number of discharged cases have crossed the 42,325 mark and active cases hover near 16,500. With around 145 plus mortalities, the state still continues to feature among the Indian states that have the least mortality. While the mortality rate of 0.25% (approximately) can be attributed to the medical interventions one must not discount the role and contribution of recovered patients by way of plasma donation.
More than 120 recovered COVID-19 patients in the state have donated their plasma till date. In the beginning of August about 67 Assam police personnel who had recovered from the contagious disease were screened at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) plasma bank. Subsequently, 43 of them donated 1 to 2 units of plasma after meeting the medical parameters.
Last week about 67 Assam police personnel who had recovered from the contagious disease were screened for plasma at the GMCH plasma bank.Three plasma banks are now operational in Assam that includes banks at GMCH, Tezpur Medical College Hospital (TMCH) and Silchar Medical College Hospital (SMCH). Assam's first plasma bank (the one at GMCH) was started in the first week of July right after the inauguration of India's first plasma bank by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in the Capital.
On 3rd July, Dr Likhitesh a post graduate student of medicine at GMCH had donated his plasma to become Assam's first convalescent donor. In plasma therapy, the antibody rich plasma from a recovered patient is extracted and administered to a patient. The Assam Government has announced that the plasma donors of the state will get preferences in all government facilities including government job interviews.