UP to accelerate research into plasma therapy to treat Covid-19 patients

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A medic pushes a stretcher outside Government Medical College during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Jammu

Encouraged by reports of the use of plasmotherapy to treat Covid-19 patients, the government of Uttar Pradesh has also decided to accelerate research on this therapy to contain the disease.

Leading a review meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials to speed up work for the use of plasmotherapy on patients with coronavirus.

Plasma therapy consists of transfusing antibodies from the blood of these people, who have recovered from the attack of the virus, to patients who are still infected with the virus. According to media reports, a Covid-19 patient in New Delhi has shown positive results with a “marked” improvement in his health. It was also recently removed from the fan support.

Currently, two medical facilities, including King George Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, are already engaged in research into plasma therapy, said UP chief secretary general Awanish Kumar Awasthi this evening.

“The CM has taken note of the report suggesting encouraging results in the treatment of Covid-19 patients with plasma therapy,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Covid-19-centered Arogya Setu app has been downloaded by more than 10 million mobile phone subscribers in UP and the government is aiming for all 60 million smartphone users in the state download the application to protect against infection.

The CM yesterday asked government officials to provide primary health care training to the public to protect themselves from the disease. The state plans to deploy “master trainers” to provide basic medical training to the population.

Up to now, UP has reported 1,294 cases of coronavirus in 53 districts, of which 140 have been released. Twenty people died from the disease, leaving 1,134 active cases, said Amit Mohan Prasad, UP chief secretary for medical and family care.

However, 9 of these 53 districts currently have no active patients, although the government has not lowered guard over further testing, enforcing lockout, sample testing, quarantine , etc.

If no new cases are reported within 14 days, a corona red zone is declared an orange zone. If no new cases appear in total 28 days, the zone is declared a green zone. However, the area is subject to continuous monitoring and sample testing to ensure that there is no spread of the disease. Currently, there are 348 fully locked corona access points in UP.

The state has increased daily sample testing to more than 3,000 with cumulative testing of more than 35,000 samples in UP.

The Covid-19 instance is the highest in the age category of 21 to 40 years with more than 48% of the total number of cases in the UP, followed by the categories of 41 to 60 years, from 0 to 20 and 61 and over, reporting approximately 24% 19% and 9% respectively. The percentage of male patients in the UP is 78% compared to 22% for women.

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