- Arunachal could gift plasmato Assam: Dr Jini
‘Team health’ spirit credited for the feat
TRIHMS has made tremendous development within a very short span of time in all aspects including setting up of COVID-19 test laboratory in comparison to other developed states and the credit goes to ‘Team health’ spirit led by Dr Jini, said Dr Parthiban responding to a question from this editor earlier.
By Pradeep Kumar
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 23: Though COVID-19 pandemic has been spelling doom across the world, but India’s Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh inked a record on Monday with Indian Medical Association (IMA) state branch launching plasma donation camp in Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) here on Monday.
Four COVID-19 recovered patients including Dr Talar Motu of RKM Hospital and Dr G Basar of TRIMHS and two civilians voluntarily donated their plasma to intensify the fight against the killer virus.
State health secretary Dr P Parthiban, in his address as chief guest, lauded ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit of health department along with the IMA branch, the Arunachal Cancer Welfare Society (ACWS), the media persons and the masses for standing united to fight against COVID-19 for which the number of cases has been coming down steadily.
The state has recorded only 0.03 per cent mortality despite over 16,061 cases including 1,040 active but only 49 deaths till Sunday which could be possible due to treatment protocol that cured about 800 critical patients, he said, adding numerous testing centres have been set up across the state, particularly at the entry points, which also helped immensely.
He also appreciated Chief Minister Pema Khandu and health Minister Alo Libang for giving top priority to health care and taking Cabinet decisions for sanctioning fund for any requirements. However, admitting shortfalls in secondary and tertiary health care, he said that the district hospitals are being upgraded and immune analysis system is being installed in all zonal hospitals, 34 specialists and 69 GDMOs have been recruited in the ongoing development process.
Terming it as a red letter day for TRIMHS, director Dr Moji Jini disclosed that plasma donation has been going on as nine cured patients, namely Do Jalim Lowamng, Omak Taki, Nendong Garayu, Dr Bomgam Dabi, Dr Hage Nobin, MLA Zingnu Namchoom, Dr Tomo Dabi, Saurav Pine and Dr James Saroh, had donated their plasma, two were administered plasma therapy and one was fully cured.
Of the 90 per cent donors turning out to doctors indicated that the doctors besides their services are ready to donate blood to save life which calls for more cooperation of the masses in their greater welfare, he said with conviction, adding “In case of collection of more convalescent plasma we could donate to Assam”.
The state government, led by medical fraternity, worked to the best of their capacities to save lives of many as indicated by the high recovery rate, he said and announced that besides 42 ICY units in TRIMHS, 150 additional beds would be ready for COVID care centre at Chimpu with all modern facilities and CT scan, he said and hoped that many would come forward to donate plasma during the six-day camp.
Highlighting the COVID-19 situation in the state since beginning including plasma therapy taken up in TRIMHS and Bakin Pertin General Hospital & Training Centre at Pasighat, state IMA branch president Dr Lobang Tsetim earlier said that there should be no complacency despite recent reduction in cases.
Applauding all those worked tirelessly in fighting against COVID-19, IMA state unit general secretary Dr Jego Ori said that IMA adviser Dr Jini had given financial help for IMA to conduct awareness campaign in 400 sectors across Capital Complex. “We should continue to fight together to defeat COVID-19”, he said.
One donation could save two lives and a person donating twice in a month could save four lives, which reflects the importance of such humanitarian donation, he added.
“Such donation is for a noble cause as plasma helps speedy recovery. Rise above any stigma to donate by joining the COVID-19 fighting mission,” Dr Saroh, one of the donors, said before he and Leki Geyi of RGU were felicitated as plasma hero.
TRIHMS blood bank technical expert Dr Tashi Paleng earlier gave a power-point presentation reflection the birth of COVID-19 till present situation across the world. Dr K W Thongdok also spoke earlier.