World’s largest Plasma Therapy trial centre launched in Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray has approved Rs 16.65 crore for the purposes of this project cum clinical trial from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
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Mumbai, June 29 : In a major initiative to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday inaugurated ‘Project PLATINA’ – India’s first and the world’s largest – Plasma Therapy Trial Centre in Nagpur.

“‘Project PLATINA’-World’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment of severe COVID 19 patients was today launched by @Maha_MEDD & inaugurated by CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

Thackeray has approved Rs 16.65 crore for the purposes of this project cum clinical trial from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The project has reached an inaugural stage in around 21 days.

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope and some other ministers also participated in the launch which took place online.

“Convalescent Plasma therapy is now coming up as one of the most important methods in the treatment of severe COVID 19 patients in the absence of definite treatment or drugs for the same,” the CMO said.

“This is the World’s largest trial cum treatment project, which is to benefit 500 lives of critically ill COVID 19 patients in Maharashtra,” it added.

The trial will be carried out at 21 centres across the state, including 17 medical colleges under the Medical Education and Drugs Department and four medical colleges of the BMC in Mumbai.

All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The government said that the entire plasma therapy treatment will be free of cost to all the patients of Maharashtra admitted in the above centres.

The PLATINA trial will be World’s largest trial and hence 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, the state government said.

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, the CMO said in a tweet.

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