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COVID-19: Convalescent Plasma Therapy In Goa From Next Week, Says Health Minister Vishwajit Rane

According to Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has been given the responsibility of collecting blood plasma from those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection

COVID-19: Convalescent Plasma Therapy In Goa From Next Week, Says Health Minister Vishwajit Rane
Highlights
  • We will start the plasma therapy for serious patients: Goa Health Minister
  • As of now, only one hospital is allowed to conduct plasma therapy
  • Till July 7, Goa reported 1,903 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths

Panaji: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday (July 8) said the state will start using the convalescent plasma therapy for treating COVID-19 patients from next week. The state government has already sanctioned funds required to procure the necessary machinery for the plasma therapy, Mr. Rane told reporters. “The plasma therapy treatment will start in Goa from next week onwards,” he said.

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The state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has been given the responsibility of collecting blood plasma from those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection, the minister said.

I have been following the issue of introducing plasma therapy in the state since the last one month. We have all the infrastructure required to store plasma, he said. We will start the plasma therapy for serious patients. I have spoken to some patients from Delhi who had taken the plasma therapy and have recovered, to know their experience, he said.

Mr. Rane said only GMCH will be allowed to conduct the plasma therapy in the state. We are taking up the latest methods of treatment for COVID-19 patients, he said.

Till Tuesday (July 7), Goa reported 1,903 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths due to the disease. Mr. Rane said as of now, 106 symptomatic patients were undergoing treatment at the Margao-based ESI Hospital, a specially designated facility for COVID-19 patients.

Ruling out any shortage of beds at the hospital, he said those who are asymptomatic have already been moved to COVID care centres set up across the state. Beds are available in the ESI Hospital and if required, we can have a second such hospital in the state, he said. Mr. Rane said his department has proposed to the government to explore the possibility of outsourcing some services at COVID care centre, like food supply, to private parties. He said,

We can’t load the existing government infrastructure to look after COVID care centres. We will have to see how much cost it will incur, if we engage private players to handle these centres. This will help in better management of the COVID care centres.

Also Read: Goa Makes COVID-19 Negative Certificate Mandatory For People Entering State

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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