In yet another move, the Union health ministry on Tuesday advised the states against considering the plasma therapy to be a regular treatment for coronavirus.
Revealing this here in New Delhi today during a regular media briefing, the Joint Secretary of Health Ministry Luv Aggarwal added further that plasma therapy could lead to life-threatening complications if not administered properly. Hence, it should only be used widely especially for research and trial purposes until the ICMR comes out with scientific evidence to support its efficacy.
“There is no approved therapy for Covid-19 in the country including Plasma therapy. Plasma therapy is being experimented with and there is no evidence to support it as a treatment. It is only at an experimental stage. If not used properly, it can create life-threatening complications,” said Lav Agarwal.
Government’s word of caution on plasma therapy comes at a time when several instances of it helping in virus-infected patients’ recovery have been reported besides several premier hospitals in the country including the Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) getting ready adopt the process on regular basis on large scale. The Plasma therapy has been used selectively so far, mostly in severe cases where patients were on ventilator support.
Use of plasma therapy involves injecting blood-component plasma extracted from a cured coronavirus patient into a positive case. The plasma of a cured patient is considered to carry virus-fighting antibodies which boost the immune system’s response to the disease. Plasma is the almost-clear liquid left behind after red and white blood cells and platelets are removed from the blood.