Maharashtra appeals recovered coronavirus patients to donate plasma

Maharashtra appeals recovered coronavirus patients to donate plasma

Maharashtra on Monday launched the world's largest convalescent plasma therapy trial -- Project Platina -- for treatment of critical Covid-19 patients. However, Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi have said that very few people have come forward to donate their plasma.

In a tweet, Priyanka Chaturvedi said while the number of recovered patients has crossed the mark of 1 lakh, only a few have come forward to donate their plasma for the treatment of others.

"Only 66 of 93154 plasma donors in Maharashtra & 70 in Mumbai as on Tuesday. Number of COVID recovered patients in Maharashtra has crossed a lakh but Plasma donors are few&far between. Come on Maharashtra we are all in this fight together, come forward & donate to help save lives," Priyanka Chaturvedi said.

Convalescent plasma therapy, also called passive antibody therapy, seeks to obtain plasma from the blood of people who have recovered from the coronavirus infection to inject into patients undergoing the treatment.

Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Secretary Medical Education and Drugs who is leading 'Project Platina', said, "We cannot reveal the exact number of people who have donated their plasma as we are bound by the non-disclosure agreement. But we will definitely request more and more people to come forward and donate their plasma. Arrangements have been made at all COVID hospitals."

The Maharashtra government intends to save the lives of some 500 critical coronavirus patients through Project Platina. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved Rs 16.65 crore for the project and clinical trial from CM's Relief Fund.

The trial will be carried out in 17 medical colleges under the department of medical education and drugs, and four BMC-run medical colleges (21 centers).

All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml convalescent plasma free of cost.