Odisha Government has announced to begin the convalescent plasma therapy at three hospitals from Wednesday. The COVID-19 specialist hospitals selected to roll out plasma therapy are Cuttack’s Ashwini Hospital and Bhubaneswar’s SUM and KIMS hospitals.

The SCB Medical College and Hospital has been designated as the nodal centre for the therapy as it will look after a dedicated plasma bank. The bank will be inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday. The medical college also will be responsible for maintaining a registry of patients recovered from coronavirus within the boundaries of Odisha.

On the first day, four volunteers, who have recovered from the COVID-19, will donate plasma, followed by more than 300 recovered patients who have registered to donate plasma in the next phases.

“The three hospitals will decide as per requirement and consent of treating doctor and patient,” Odisha Additional Chief Secretary of Health department, Pradipta Mohapatra, was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.

“Most of the NDRF, ODRAF and Fire Services personnel who were affected during the cyclone restoration work in West Bengal have agreed to donate plasma. We will also create awareness and encourage other recovered persons in the 20-40 age bracket to come forward to save lives,” Mohapatra added.