The Centre’s move to drop convalescent plasma therapy from the list of treatment procedures for the management of Covid- 19, has evoked mixed views among experts in Karnataka.
With an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, there has been an unprecedented spur in the demand for plasma which many experts believe to have done more harm than good.
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It has often led kin of serious Covid patients to scramble for plasma in the hope of saving the sick in absence of any definitive treatment for the disease.
The public health professionals said the current evidence on plasma therapy in COVID-19 and the Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines are not based on the existing evidence.
In the wake of the second wave of Covid-19, many awareness campaigns seeking donation of oxygen tanks, bed facilities and Remdesivir injections have flooded the social media.
With an antibody count of 47, the doctors gave the thumbs up to Ramesh, who works with a private company.
The DYFI will also organise widespread campaigning to facilitate plasma donation.
The most important lacunae are how the new variants will affect the course of the pandemic, says Dr Ganguly, who is the principal scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (Kolkata).
With Karnataka grappling with a persistent surge in cases and fatalities amid the ongoing second wave, the demand for plasma has hit a new high.
Treatment recommenced due to spike in cases over last few days