BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that doctors will be trying out the plasma technique on coronavirus patients.
“The ultimate solution for coronavirus will be a vaccine. But we have two challenges right now — to stop the spread of the virus and to cure all those who got the infection. For the first, implementation of the lockdown is important,” Kejriwal told reporters in Delhi. To meet the second challenge, Kejriwal said Delhi will begin plasma transfusion trials to treat coronavirus patients. He said, the scope of survival increases after the plasma technique. And his government has already received the permission from the Centre to start the trails.
The Delhi CM took to Twitter to share the news. “Delhi is starting plasma transfusion trials for treating Corona patients. We will take every measure possible to prevent loss of lives,” he posted.
Delhi is starting plasma transfusion trials for treating Corona patients. We will take every measure possible to prevent loss of lives https://t.co/jYmRP5Gwx1
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 16, 2020
Plasma Therapy involves transfusion of plasma from a convalescent coronavirus patient to a critical patient. The blood of a convalescent patient is rich is antibodies that are expected to help the critical patient recover.
“We got the approval from the Center and we will have a trial of this in the coming days. This will be a good sign, if we were successful,” he said. The Delhi chief minister also said this will be on trial as it has been used in foreign nations and was successful.
“Delhi will start the plasma transfusion trials for treating corona patients. We will take every measure possible to prevent loss of lives,” Kejriwal added.
In convalescent plasma therapy, the antibodies of a person who has recovered from the virus are taken and transfused into a sick person (having the virus) to help boost the person’s immune system, Kejriwal explained.
Delhi has reported 32 deaths due to coronavirus, while more than 1,578 cases are active. 42 people have been cured or discharged so far.