Over 50% donors ready: Plasma trials

Positive results of plasma therapy are coming out, it will help a lot in treating serious patients.

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GHAZIABAD: The health Department in Ghaziabad is planning to start plasma therapy trials in the district after over 50% of recovered patients have shown willingness to donate plasma, said officials. The facility could be started at Santosh Hospital, which is an L3 Covid-19 hospital in the district.

Chief medical officer Dr NK Gupta said: “Positive results of plasma therapy are coming out…it will help a lot in treating serious patients. For this, a letter will be written to the government after discussion with the administrative officials. Many people are contacting the Health Dept. for donating plasma.”

The therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from the virus and transfusing them into an active patient to help boost his/her immune system.

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“There are several reports of positive results of plasma therapy in Delhi along with many other states. We are also considering it. After discussion with senior officials, a proposal would be sent to the government for seeking permission from the Indian Medical Research Council and the required arrangements to be made in the district,” said an official.

Arrangements for plasma can be made at the Blood Bank at MMG District which has the means to store the plasma, said officials.

In the neighbouring district of Gautam Budh Nagar, a centre for plasma therapy was inaugurated at GIMS on May 11. Last week, a 65-year-old woman, who was the first COVID-19 patient in Noida, administered convalescent plasma therapy, made a full recovery and returned home. She was among the more critical patients to be admitted and was on oxygen support.

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