Plasma therapy trials for corona patients begin in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday commenced convalescent plasma therapy clinical trials for ‘severe’ coronavirus patients in the state.

In a tweet, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said, “Happy to announce the commencement of Clinical Trials for Plasma Therapy that holds great promise to treat severely infected #COVID19 patients.

Health Min @sriramulubjp & I initiated this significant step at Victoria Hospital today morning.”

The Minister, who is also leading government efforts against COVID-19 in Bengaluru and is in charge of the state war room had said Convalescent Plasma Therapy was only for patients who are critical, in intensive care units or on ventilator.

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Donors have also come forward for this, he had said.

According to officials, patients who have recovered from COVID-19 have been appealed to come forward as donors, as anti-bodies of cured patients will be used to treat critically ill under this therapy.

According to last update, five COVID-19 patients are in ICU in the state.

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