Guwahati to Dibrugarh in 8 hours! A 480-km car relay for plasma delivery, how was it accomplished?

Blood Plasma Delivery

Dibrugarh, 10th August: This one is straight out of a Bollywood movie where a person took the daunting task of delivering blood plasma from Guwahati to Dibrugarh, in one single night. How? By driving his car in super high speed across 480km in just 8 hours!

A health worker who had contracted Covid-19 needed blood plasma for immediate treatment. The patient who was admitted to Assam Medical College Hospital, Dibrugarh, was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 when her health deteriorated.

Doctors observing the patient’s health summoned for an urgent requirement for blood plasma. The patient identified as Bijurani Gogoi, a staff nurse at the AMCH, was infected by the coronavirus while conducting her medical duties.

She was admitted in the ICU for her fight against the virus. After contacting Jorhat Medical College for immediate plasma delivery as AMCH had run out of plasmas. Unfortunately, Jorhat Medical College too had run out of blood plasmas.

A call was made to Bhaskar Papukon Gogoi, a physician and social worker based in Dibrugarh, to help out the ailing nurse battling for life.

Dr Gogoi has been running a plasma donation campaign in Dibrugarh which has helped quite a few patients earlier. He was able to arrange one unit of plasma at Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) but the bigger challenge was to bridge the gap between the two institutes, which is spanned over 480 km.

Dr Gogoi decided to approach the Dibrugarh unit of the Marwari Yuva Manch (MYM), a youth volunteer organisation with members from the Marwari community spread across all over India. Dr Gogoi had previously organised a plasma donation campaign at Dibrugarh with assistance from MYM.

With obstacles aplenty and considering the rate at which the patient’s health condition was deteriorating, members of MYM decided to reach out to every unit of their organisation located between Guwahati to Dibrugarh.

Each district unit, starting from Guwahati will carry the blood plasma to the district border and then hand it over to the unit of the adjoining district and so on and so forth till it reaches Dibrugarh. This entire exercise was tracked over constant phone calls among different district units.

The icebox carrying blood plasma was collected from Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) at 10.35 pm on Friday night by the Guwahati unit of the voluntary organisation and made their run towards Nagaon border where the Nagaon team was waiting to receive it.

From Nagaon, the box changed hands in Bokakhat. It became a game of passing the parcel. The parcel then passed on to Jorhat, from there to Sivasagar and then Moran and the music stopped finally at Dibrugarh at 6:14 am on Saturday morning.

Dr Gogoi was there to receive it with the Dibrugarh team. It was one of the most memorable nights for him and the members of the youth organisation whose ingenuity in walking over a rocky road to help save a life.

Subsequently, Bijurani Gogoi was administered plasma on Saturday.

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