BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Plasma therapy to begin in COVID-19 hotspot Ganjam from tomorrow

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Bhubaneswar (TF Bureau): With number of COVID-19 positive cases as well as deaths due to the deadly disease has assumed alarming proportions in Ganjam, the Odisha government has decided to kick start convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of serious patients in the district.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this today during a review meeting to re-strengthen COVID strategy in Ganjam and the entire state. Plasma therapy will start at Tata Covid Hospital, Sitalapalli from tomorrow.

In the last 24 hours, Ganjam reported 239 COVID-19 positive cases taking the state tally to 18,110.

During the review meeting, Patnaik announced Rs 25 crore as assistance to fight the pandemic in the district from Chief Ministers Relief Fund (CMRF).

Patnaik also announced hike in incentives for Covid warriors working in Covid Hospitals including Asha and Anganwadi workers engaged in surveys.

As per the announcement, doctors, paramedics and Class IV staff working in Covid Hospitals/Covid Health Centres/Covid Care Centres will get incentives of Rs 1000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 respectively per day for the number of days they serve Covid positive patients.

For ASHA workers engaged in door to door survey and special surveys, they will get Rs 1000 per month as incentive from July to October 2020. Similarly, Anganwadi workers engaged in door to door and special surveys will get  Rs 1000 per month during the period engaged for surveys.

Notably, a dedicated 100-bedded (including 16-bed ICU) Covid Hospital will be set up at Amit Hospital, Berhampur.  It will be operated by Ashwini Hospital, Cuttack.

An MoU between Ganjam district administration and Aswini Hospital, Cuttack has been signed for this initiative.

Earlier, two IAS officers as ADMs, 25 OAS officers, 105 ORS officers, 30 MBBS Doctors, 100 Ayush Doctors, 27 laboratory technicians were deployed in Ganjam.

In addition to this, officers of various levels including three DSPs and 10 platoons of police force will be sent.

State Assembly Speaker Surya Narayan Patra, Forest & Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh and Health Minister Naba Kishore Das also attended the meeting through video conferencing.

Speaker advised to focus more on urban and semi-urban areas. Minister Arukh advised to make arrangements for home isolation in rural areas wherever possible.

At the outset Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange informed on the steps taken by the district administration for Covid management. Among other, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Chief Advisor to CMO VK Pandian, DGP Abhay, Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra, ACS Health Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, ACS-cum-SRC Pradeep Kumar Jena and other senior officers attended.

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