Udupi, August 23, 2020: KMC Hospital in Manipal has sought the permission from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to start plasma therapy for the treatment of severely-ill Covid-19 patients. Once the permission is given, the plasma therapy will be started at the hospital to treat the patients.
Convalescent Plasma Therapy involves collecting convalescent plasma or the liquid part of the blood from a blood donor. The idea behind the treatment is to extract blood bearing Covid-19 antibodies from patients who have survived the infection and provide them to those who are infected. It helps in transferring antibody to the infected patients, said Dr Shashikiran Umakanth of Dr T M Pai Hospital in Udupi.