Plasma Therapy starts in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Health and Family welfare department has successfully installed Aphaeresis machines at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Naharlagun and the Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH), Pasighat in East Siang district. The recent development has paved the way to provide plasma therapy to Covid-19 patients in the State.

“It is a step towards starting plasma therapy in Arunachal. We are starting this therapy now at the TRIHMS and in Pasighat. It will help to save severe Covid cases in Arunachal. We do expect that the Covid-cured persons of Arunachal will come forward to donate their plasma in the coming days,” said Health and Family Welfare Secretary P Parthiban.

“The machines have been installed and training was also completed on Friday. Both the hospitals are ready for plasma therapy for the needy people,” the secretary added.
According to sources, Backstar Sohbar, a technical supervisor at the BPGH’s blood bank became the first plasma donor in the State.

The Aphaeresis machine is a device that only takes the component of the blood from the donors which are required by the patient, other components of blood are returned back to the donor. The blood separating unit machine also has inbuilt donor safety.