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Assam: Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma says Plasma Bank to be set up in Guwahati

By Preeti Soodan Devgan -
  • Updated
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  • 2nd July 2020,
  • 7:34 PM

Guwahati has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases recently and the Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma confirmed the city is all set to get it's first Plasma Bank to combat the pandemic.

Guwahati a sprawling city in the North East Indian state of Assam is hit by a sharp rise of covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. On 30th June, the city recorded 382 covid-19 positive cases and on July 1, another 157 cases added to the tally with more than 500 positive cases today in less than 24 hours.

The Assam Health Minister term to this situation as ‘extremely critical stage’ I looking at the scenario he instructed to change the testing pattern by urging to conduct 10,000 test daily. Assam government had also started a campaign to come forward voluntarily for the test and to collect the sample in 31 centres which are placed across the city. The Minister further informed that Assam state government will shortly launch a new website where people would be able to check their swab test results.

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Looking at the condition “ICMR first suggested the use of rapid antigen test which enables to deliver the result in 3 to 4 hours. This test is done by taking snap sample from the nose”. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said that the state had already installed plasma separator in Guwahati Medical College and the plasma treatment for the same will start by next week.

He also said that,” Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has suggested a new testing model under which we will be e able to declare results within one hour. We will launch the new testing model named COVID-19 AG test in next 2-3 days”.

According to the latest reports, Sharma had also called union Home minister Amit Shah stating, “As per Indian government assessment, the #COVID-19 situation in Guwahati is very apprehensive. Following his meeting with the DG. ICMR, Home Minister has directed me to change testing pattern”.

As per latest updates, total number of covid-19 cases in the state has reached to 8582 with the record of 12 deaths till date, where lockdown has been imposed since June 28 midnight.

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