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Friday, August 6, 2021

No More Plasma for Treating Covid-19 Patients: ICMR Chief

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According to the central government, there will be no plasma therapy for treating future Covid-19 patients. Doctors across the country extensively used this therapy for treating Covid related patients. During August, the Medical Research Council (ICMR) conducted a survey. It revealed that plasma therapy had no positive effect on Covid-19 patients.

The study found that plasma was not able to reduce the mortality rate, especially in patients undergoing treatment. Also, the treatment was not able to prevent the worsening situation of Covid-19. Until now, under the COVID-19 protocol, Plasma therapy was an experimental treatment. On Tuesday, ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava told the press that the treatment could be stopped.

Dr Bhargava said, “We are now discussing with the Joint Monitoring Group to remove plasma therapy from national guidelines”. He said, “The discussion is going on, and we are almost reaching the same direction”. Bhargava’s announcement comes at a time when there are extensive scale reports of black marketing for plasma. One can donate plasma but cannot trade it. Some states, including the national capital and Maharashtra, have also established plasma banks to match potential plasma donors with recipients.

The number of cases is fluctuating every day in India. For the first time in three months, less than 47 thousand daily cases were reported. However, this changed drastically on Wednesday. There were more than 54 thousand cases of corona reported. Apart from this, the number of daily cases of death related to Covid-19 has also increased in the country. At the same time, the number of infected in the country has crossed 7.6 million. Also, more than 6.7 million patients have recovered from corona until now.

The Union Health Ministry has informed that in the last 24 hours there were 54,044 new cases of coronavirus. At the same time, 717 people have lost their lives due to the virus. The total number of infected Covid-19 in the country has increased to 76,51,108.

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