The Maharashtra state government has started the plasma enrichment therapy, on a trial basis, to cure the critically infected patients of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the state Environment Minister, Aditya Thackeray, said on Wednesday, April 15.
Thackeray was responding to a report of Delhi government resorting to the usage of plasma enrichment therapy to save lives during COVID-19 pandemic in India. The son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray informed media, on Wednesday, that the trial of this boon proved solution for COVID-19 cases, has already begun in Maharashtra.
The plasma enrichment therapy is a much speculated answer to the COVID-19 problem. As per reports, the therapy involves taking plasma from the blood of a COVID-19 cured patient and injecting it into the blood of the COVID-19 infected patients. This boosts the antibodies in the blood of the COVID-19 infected patient, which could recover the patient from COVID-19 infection within 7 days. The same report has been confirmed by Dr. Randeep Guleria of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), quoted ANI.
“Conversion plasma is a therapy that is being looked at as an option to treat the patients of COVID-19. If a Corona Virus positive patient recovers, then he recovers by his body fighting the infection. To fight the infection, the body produces antibodies that stay in the blood,” Dr. Guleria was quoted as saying by ANI.
The Maharashtra cabinet minister, Aditya Thackeray, was referring to this therapy being kick-started already in the state. “Maharashtra has begun too,” responded Thackeray when his attention was drawn towards Delhi government’s decision to treat the fatally ill patients of COVID-19 by plasma enrichment therapy.
So far, as on Wednesday, 178 patients have lost their lives due to COVID-19 while 259 patients have recovered from COVID-19 infection after treatment, out of 2,687 total reported cases in Maharashtra. Maharashtra is seen as a drastically affected state due to COVID-19 pandemic and the number doesn’t show signs of diminishing soon.
The central government on April 14, announced the nationwide lockdown extension for 19 more days till May 3. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressed the nation and unveiled this decision by the central government in the public interest.