COVID-19: Karnataka Health Minister Sriramulu initiates plasma therapy trial at BMC Victoria Hospital

South India

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Saturday initiated Phase I clinical trials to use plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients at BMC Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru. 


According to the report from News Agency ANI, Sriramulu was accompanied by Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

"Karnataka has taken a lead role as we initiate Phase I clinical trials to use Convalescent Plasma Therapy for severe COVID-19 infected patients. BMC Victoria hospital took the first step today. We are determined to vanquish this enemy of mankind," Sriramulu said in a tweet.

"I wish our team of doctors at BMC Victoria hospital and team led by Dr US Vishal Rao a great success. This will be a torchbearer in our fight against Corona," he added.

The convalescent plasma therapy aims at using antibodies from the blood of a recovered Covid-19 patient to treat those critically affected by the virus.

The therapy can also used to immunise those at a high risk of contracting the virus -- such as health workers, families of patients and other high-risk contacts.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the state has so far reported 474 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which include 152 discharged or cured patients and 18 deaths.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 24,506. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 775.

The total number of active cases in the country is 18,668. Meanwhile, 5,063 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from ANI

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