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Maharashtra Launches ‘Project PLATINA’ Claimed To Be The World’s Largest Plasma Therapy Trial-Treatment

Maharashtra, the worst-hit Indian state by coronavirus has initiated the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment of severe COVID-19 patients

Maharashtra Launches ‘Project PLATINA’ Claimed To Be The World’s Largest Plasma Therapy Trial-Treatment
Highlights
  • Project PLATINA will benefit 500 critically ill patients of COVID-19
  • Project PLATINA will be carried out in 21 medical colleges in Maharashtra
  • Plasma therapy project has received Rs. 16.65 crore from CM Relief fund

New Delhi: On Monday (June 29), Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated ‘Project PLATINA’, touted as world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment of severe COVID-19 patients. According to the information shared by CM Thackeray on social media, convalescent plasma therapy which involves transfusion of antibodies from a recovered coronavirus patient to a critical patient will benefit 500 critically ill patients of COVID-19 in Maharashtra. The project launched by the Medical Education and Drugs Department of Maharashtra will be carried out in 21 medical colleges – 17 under Medical Education and Drugs Department and four under Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai.

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In the absence of a definite treatment, drug and vaccine against COVID-19, plasma therapy has shown positive results in the treatment and recovery of critically ill patients of COVID-19 in Delhi, Ahmedabad and other parts of the country. In the past, convalescent plasma therapy has proven to be helpful in the treatment during H1N1 outbreak of 2009, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and other diseases. However, it didn’t give satisfactory results during Ebola virus.

“The plasma of recovered COVID 19 patients contains antibodies thereby fighting infection and helping critically ill patients recover”, said CM Thackeray in a tweet.

As part of the trial cum treatment in Maharashtra, all critical patients of COVID-19 will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. Patients admitted in the designated 21 medical colleges will undergo the plasma therapy treatment for free.

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Aaditya Thackeray, the state minister for the environment informed that the project is funded through the CM Relief fund and hoped that this will be a landmark trial in the global fight against the COVID pandemic. A sum of Rs. 16.65 crore has been issued for the same.

CM Thackeray also believes that the PLATINA trial will give robust data regarding the role of convalescent plasma in the treatment of COVID 19 patients, thereby helping governments to issue guidelines in the management of the pandemic.

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“This trial will help formulate definite treatment guidelines for the entire country in managing serious COVID patients and thus be a milestone in turning a page in this pandemic”, he wrote on Twitter.

Talking about the treatment, Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare and the first doctor to conduct plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patient said,

There is no point in administering plasma to mild cases of COVID-19 or at an early stage of infection. Convalescent plasma therapy is not much effective when a patient is on a ventilator. The best stage to give plasma is ‘moderate severity’ – when the patient’s requirement of oxygen increases.

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Maharashtra, Worst-hit State By Coronavirus

As on June 29, Maharashtra, is the worst-hit Indian state by the Coronavirus and accounts for over 1.64 lakh (1,64626) cases of COVID-19 out of the total of 5.48 lakh (5,48,318) cases in the country. Of the total cases reported in the state, 70,622 are still active whereas 86,575 patients have recovered and 7,429 fatalities have been recorded. In Maharashtra, Mumbai continues to be the biggest contributor.

Amid a steady growth in the COVID-19 numbers in Maharashtra, on Monday, the state also extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31. As part of the lockdown, only those attending offices and emergencies will be allowed unrestricted movement.

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World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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