In an endeavour to treat critical COVID-19 patients, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched convalescent plasma therapy-cum- trial project for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients. It is touted as world’s largest initiative of its kind.
Convalescent plasma therapy, also called passive antibody therapy, seeks to obtain plasma from the blood of people who have recovered from the infection to inject into patients undergoing treatment.
“The project, titled ‘Platina’, is the largest convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial project in the world. With it, we intend to save lives of some 500 critical COVID-19 patients. The trial will be held in 17 medical colleges under the department of medical education and drugs, and four BMC- run colleges in Mumbai,” the official was quoted saying by a PTI report.
All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml convalescent plasma free of cost, he added.
Maharashtra is facing unprecedented situation as cases continue to spike. The State recorded another massive surge of 5,257 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the State’s total case tally to 1,69,883. Of the total case tally, 73,298 are active ones.