A plasma bank was inaugurated on-line by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Ispat General Hospital of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) on 31st July. The Plasma Bank, set up in association with the Government of Odisha would go a long way in the treatment of the critically ill COVID-19 patients. It is noteworthy that this is one of the many exemplary initiates taken by SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant under the guidance of Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Govt. of India, Dharmendra Pradhan to fight the pandemic. Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been stressing on strengthening infrastructure and expanding services in SAIL’s hospitals. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, he had instructed to create facilities for COVID-19 testing and treatment at Ispat General Hospital for the people of the region. Earlier in April, a COVID sample testing lab was established in IGH which has proved to be immensely beneficial in containing the spread of the disease.
The plasma bank is apparently the first in the region and is equipped with Apheresis machine for plasma collection, Sealer, Crash Cart, Oxygen line and a Plasma cabinet for storage of 350-500 units of plasma. The persons who have been completely cured of COVID-19 can donate plasma in this centre. The plasma bank will carry out number of stringent tests to check the quality of the plasma before providing the same for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The centre will be managed by the doctors and paramedics of Ispat General Hospital. This plasma centre has brought a new ray of hope and optimism amongst the people of this region.
The inauguration programme was attended by Hon’ble Minister (Labour & Employment), Govt of Odisha, Susanta Singh, Hon’ble Minister (Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti ), Govt of Odisha, Tukuni Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Govt of Odisha, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, CEO, RSP Dipak Chattaraj and many other eminent leaders of the region, senior officers of Govt. of Odisha and Rourkela Steel Plant.