Covid-19: 8 patients given plasma therapy in Bangladesh

Henrietta Brewer
May 24, 2020

The woman has multiple co-morbidities including hypertension, hypothyroidism and obesity.

"First convalescent plasma therapy has been performed successfully at Pune's Sasoon Hospital".

Eight critically ill Covid-19 patients have so far been given convalescent plasma therapy under the supervision of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) formed to tackle the coronavirus situation in the country.

The man said he has been informed that his plasma would be used to treat two critically-ill patients.

The blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 develops antibodies. The blood component that carries the antibodies can be collected and given to newly infected patients - it is known as "convalescent plasma".

People who have fully recovered from Covid-19 for at least two weeks are encouraged to consider donating plasma.

He and his wife were the first Covid-19 patients reported in the state.

"Tocilizumab was administered to an anganwadi worker, admitted to Bharti Hospital in a critical condition, who made a remarkable recovery", he said. "I hope the patients recover soon", he said. "She tested negative for Covid-19 when her throat and nasal swab samples were analysed via a molecular (RT-PCR) test, 15 days after she was found positive", said Sassoon General's dean, Muralidhar Tambe.

On May 16, DMCH began collecting plasma for experimental trials and research with the lack of drug therapies or vaccines for the highly contagious Covid-19.

Prof Khan, however, warned all, saying plasma therapy is only needed for critical patients in intensive care units (ICUs) and it is not necessary at all for other patients. "It does not have the rigour of a randomised, controlled trial so that still needs to be done", Dr. Nicole Bouvier, an infectious disease specialist at Mt. Sinai and the study's lead author, told Reuters.

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