In a bid to fight against Covid-19, the AP state government under the dynamic Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy leaving no stones unturned. During a review meeting on Friday on preventive measures being taken up for containing the spread of coronavirus in the state, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to pay Rs. 5000 as an incentive to the plasma donors.
The directive came at the backdrop of non- availability of plasma donors and the patient’s attendants were running pillar to post in search of plasma from a recovered patient. In plasma therapy, the antibody-rich plasma from a recovered patient is extracted and administered to a patient.
The trials are trying to find out if the antibodies can help patients recover. During the meeting, YS Jagan instructed officials to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) for Plasma donation and details of bed strength, monitoring of medicines, treatment, food, and hygiene in the 138 Covid-19 hospitals in the state. Also directed the officials to amplify the helpdesks by appointing Aarogyamitras to reduce the problems faced by the patients. Stressing to keep the focus on GGH like hospitals, he said a massive campaign must be taken up to bring awareness about COVID-19 among the people.
The Chief Minister also said false news must be condemned and be also verified. According to the health bulletin, 36,778 beds are available in 138 hospitals. Out of 70,446 active cases, 14,042 patients are in hospitals, 18,753 persons are in COVID care centers, and 35,660 members are in home isolation, and 1,436 cured patients are discharged on Thursday.
3,541 patients are being given oxygen or on Ventilators, and 28,911 Oxygen beds are ready for use, said Officials. Patients who have been suffering from fever for 2-3 days and with respiratory problems will be admitted in hospitals regardless of the COVID test and this decision is taken considering the health conditions of the patients who died due to COVID in the state.