Thursday, March 4, 2021

Plasma therapy begins in Tata Main Hospital

ICMR allows use of Remdesivir and Favipiravir anti-viral drugs too

Jamshedpur: In a much awaited development, the facilities for plasma therapy have started functioning in Tata Main Hospital in the city. Only yesterday, plasma donation process was launched in Jamshedpur Blood Bank too. Both facilities would work in conjunction.

Meanwhile, two anti-viral medicines Remdesivir and Favipiravir too would now be used in TMH. ICMR has issued its permission for the use of these two anti-viral medicines.

According to sources, these medicines would be used as per prescribed protocol only when patients are in serious condition.

Throwing light on this in an online press conference, Dr Rajan Choudhary, GM, Medical Services of TMH, said that the two anti-viral medicines are now being used.

He said that two convalescent patients have also donated plasma and their plasma would help two patients.

Dr Choudhary said that TMH has carried out 14,974 tests till date. Every day 250 tests are being done through RTPCR machine, while Truenat machines too have been installed.

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He said that TMH has admitted 1203 Corona positive patients till date, out of which 1069 are from East Singhbhum. 587 patients have been discharged till date, while 448 patients are still being treated.

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Till date 42 people have died of Corona in TMH, out of which 34 are from Jamshedpur.

Earlier, on Friday, Jamshedpur Blood Bank, with the active help of Tata Main Hospital, started the process of convalescent plasma donation.

Maneshwar Nayak and Jaiprakash, both of whom are Tata Steel employees, donated their plasma today.

Those who have been cured of Corona infection can donate their plasma 28 days after their being cured. Only those who are of 18 to 60 years of age and do not have any other disease and are not on medication can donate their plasma.

Ay person can donate plasma twice in a month and donating 500 ml of plasma is completely safe.

Plasma therapy has had very positive results all over the world and it is a recommended process for the seriously ill persons.

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Recently, the facility of plasma therapy had been started at RIMS. TMH is the second hospital after RIMS to have started plasma therapy.

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