On Friday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that experimental plasma therapy tested on a few COVID-19 patients on a trial basis, have displayed encouraging results in the initial stage and will be continued in the national capital.
The CM said that one of the first coronavirus patients to be administered plasma therapy in the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital has been cured of the deadly virus and sent home. The LNJP Hospital has been allowed to use plasma therapy, which is being viewed as a "magical bullet" to cure patients diagnosed with the highly infectious COVID-19.
“The first patient, who was critical and in ICU, was discharged yesterday because of plasma therapy,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said.
Plasma therapy is a type of treatment where an antibody-rich plasma, a component of blood is taken from people who have already recovered from coronavirus and transfused into those who are critically ill with the disease.
Earlier this week, the Union health ministry has said that the experimental plasma therapy test should only be done as a trial, and with all requisite approvals and not as a regular line of treatment.
“The initial results are positive and we hope it will continue that way so that we get a solution,” he Kejriwal.
He made it clear that the Centre has said only those who have been allowed to work with the therapy should continue administering it on a trial basis. There should be no confusion, he added.
He said that around 1100 people who have cured have been contacted for plasma donation and most of them are willing to donate to help cure other Covid-19 patients.
“I thank all those who have recovered and donating their plasma,” he said.