Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently launched the world’s most extensive plasma therapy trials for COVID-19. The ‘Project Platina’ aims at creating robust data for treating the disease for which no specific line of treatment exists. Minister Aaditya Thackeray said the project would also help the country’s worst-hit state create infrastructure for this line of treatment.
The project will be free of cost, Aaditya Thackeray, the state minister for environment and tourism, said in a tweet. Plasma therapy or Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) has proved to be useful in fighting other diseases. These include such as SARS and MERS. Moreover, its use against COVID-19 has shown fruitful results in patients across the country and the world.
According to the details of the project shared on social media, the institutions will conduct the trials in 17 medical colleges across the state. This accounts for 1.64 lakh coronavirus cases out of the national total of 5.48 lakh.
Aim Of The Project
This will give the world a large, robust data for plasma therapy treatment. It will also help us create infrastructure for this therapy across the state. Aditya Thackeray said that the state has been working on plasma therapy based treatment for the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic in India.
The government is doing the entire funding to support this plasma therapy trial through the CM Relief fund. They also hope this will be a landmark trial in the global fight against the covid pandemic,” he said.
The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) had first approved only 21 state-run hospitals to conduct plasma therapy trials of which two are in Mumbai – Nair Hospital and Kasturba Hospital. Later, permissions were also given to 16 other medical colleges and some private hospitals.
Delhi’s Similar Initiative
The announcement came hours after the Delhi government announced the creation of a plasma bank. This induction will help to fight the disease in the national capital, which has more than 83,000 COVID-19 cases.
The government further urged those who have recovered from the infection to donate plasma to help other patients. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured that the state government would arrange transport for them to come to the plasma bank.