File photograph of Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

With symptoms in COVID-19 positive patients in Assam changing, the state has adopted “aggressive treatment” for many patients, including administering plasma therapy.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in Guwahati on July 13 that a change in symptoms of COVID-19 patients, especially in Guwahati, has been observed.

“Today I held a meeting with principal, superintendent and doctors of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) to discuss the measures being taken for treatment of COVID-19 patients,” he said.

“We discussed about aggressive treatment with change in symptoms. There are some four-five new medicines being used in the country, but these are expensive and not easily available, even black marketing of these are going on. We discussed about arranging for these medicines,” he added.

Sarma added that two patients are currently on plasma therapy and a campaign will soon be started to encourage plasma donation.

The minister further informed that 40 patients are in the COVID ICU in GMCH, while 30 more are in critical condition.

“Also, we discussed how our health facilities and infrastructure can be improved to provide best care against the pandemic,” he added.

As many as 735 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the state in last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 16,806.

Out of the new cases, 400 were from Guwahati, which is under lockdown to check spread of the virus.

The death toll due to COVID-19 related complications in the state stood at 36.

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