Chennai: The treatment doesn’t end after people who recovered from Covid-19 returned homes. For, doctors say they call up their former patients over phone and check their health condition regularly.
Dr P Vasantha, Dean KMC, says, those who were discharged have been strictly advised extended home quarantine for 14 days and not to mingle with their family members for now.
“Since we have their phone numbers we enquire about their health conditions on a daily basis. Those who are willing could donate their plasma,” she says and adds apart from the regular dose of medicines, they were given food, did yoga and meditation.
The Tamilnadu health department is preparing a list of donors for the convalescent plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients, even as the government is awaiting the final nod from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to commence the trials. The health authorities have already identified five people who have expressed their willingness to donate and the process of ‘motivating’ others is on, officials said.
“Five among the 13 people who were recently discharged from Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital here, after being successfully treated for COVID-19, have agreed to donate their plasma while four others do not meet the criteria for donation,’ said Dr Vasantha. ‘We are motivating others to donate,” she added.