In order to provide plasma treatment to the people who have been affected by the deadly Coronavirus ‘Project Platina’ – the World’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial for COVID-19 patients was launched by the hands of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
‘Project PLATINA’-World’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment of severe COVID 19 patients was today launched by the Medical Education and Drugs Department Maharashtra. This will give robust data regarding the role of convalescent plasma in the treatment of COVID 19 patients, thereby helping Governments to issue guidelines in the management of the pandemic.
This trial will help formulate definite treatment guidelines for the entire country in managing serious COVID patients and thus be a milestone in turning a page in this pandemic. The trial will be carried out in 17 Medical Colleges under Medical Education and Drugs Department Maharashtra and 4 Medical Colleges of BMC in Mumbai (21 centers). The entire plasma therapy treatment will be free of cost to all the patients of Maharashtra admitted in the above centers.
The Donors are available in large numbers and have no weakness whatsoever after plasma donation as RBC are returned back to the patient. All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The plasma of recovered COVID 19 patients contains antibodies thereby fighting infection and helping critically ill patients recover.
This is the World’s largest trial cum treatment project, which is to benefit 500 lives of critically ill COVID 19 patients in Maharashtra.
Convalescent Plasma therapy is now coming up as one of the most important methods in the treatment of severe COVID 19 patients in the absence of definite treatment or drugs for the same.
(With inputs from thelivenagpur)