KGMU begins Plasma therapy
Uttar Pradesh

KGMU begins Plasma therapy

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Lucknow, Apr 27: King George’s Medical University (KGMU), which is leading the treatment and testing of the Covid-19 has commenced Plasma Therapy of the positive patients.

The university has also sent a proposal to the state government to set up an infectious disease institute in its premises with comprehensive facilities of therapeutic, diagnostic and research under one roof.

On Sunday, the University underwent for first plasma transfusion of a positive Covid-19 patient.

Doctors here on Monday said that a 54-year-old government doctor from Orai was transfused with plasma donated by the first Coronavirus patient of Lucknow, a lady doctor from Canada.

It will take around 48 hours to study the result on the patient who is presently in a critical condition.

"In the first phase the patient was transfused 200 ml of plasma and after 24 hrs he did not respond, then another 200 ml would be given," doctors said.

There is a good result of plasma therapy of Coronavirus patients in the country and ³ this was the first such treatment in the state.

Meanwhile, KGMU Vice-Chancellor Dr MLB Bhatt said here on Monday that they will be sending the proposal to set up an infectious disease institute in the varsity.

He, however, said that the proposal can be sent after the coronavirus crisis was over.

He said there was a dire need of such an institute. “Earlier we used to have infectious disease hospitals for cholera and other gastro diseases, but now they are not there. With epidemics becoming a growing feature and coming in different forms such as SAARS and now Covid-19, there is a need for such an institute with all comprehensive facilities under one roof,” KGMU VC said.

Dr Bhatt said KGMU would be the best place for such an institute as to all kinds of experts need to join hands for the initiative.

“If an institute is established independently outside of the premises, establishing linkage would not be an easy task,” he said.

He added that the availability of a large number of patients in KGMU would also work in favour of such an institute.

Commenting on the biggest learning experience for KGMU during the coronavirus outbreak, he said it was the realisation that they could rise to the occasion.

“For the investigations which were carried out, we strived increasingly to ensure that the number of tests conducted was increased despite our discomfort. At the treatment level, we have been able to successfully treat our patients and at the research level, we have started the process for extraction of plasma and treat the Covid-19 patients,” he said.

The KGMU VC said that even in case of pool testing, KGMU was the first in terms of carrying out the pilot project.

“We have been prepared to such an extent that the SOPs (standard operating procedures) related to different activities of the departments are also geared up. We are working in unison to come out with a strategy even though the campus is so wide and departments scattered, and the buildings so old and not so well-placed to fight such a disease. The proposed institute will help give us the required fillip needed to fight such a disease in future,” he added.

Asked as to how they would handle the patients when the OPD opens after the lockdown, he said it all depends on what shape the pandemic takes. “We will have, too see the level of transmission, based on which we will make a strategy that will not be made in isolation but in consultation with the state government and all the institutions of national importance like ICMR and DBT,” Dr Bhatt said.

However, he admitted that it would be a challenging scenario with a lot of patients waiting to come out for their treatment, and they would follow the state government’s policy in this regard.

“Over 90 per cent of the elective patients are still waiting for their treatment with the Health department’s focus currently on Covid-19 management,” he said.(UNI)