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Plasma Treatment: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray launches 'Project Platina'

The trial and treatment of the plasma therapy will be free of cost and will be carried out in 17 medical colleges under Maharashtra Medical Education and Drug Department.

Plasma Treatment: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray launches 'Project Platina'
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday launched ‘Project Platina’ which will be the world’s largest trial cum treatment project for COVID-19 patients. This treatment project will benefit critically ill patients in the state. 

The Chief Minister launched the treatment project - ‘Project Platina’ - via video conferencing and allocated  ₹16.65 crores for the same from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). 

“The 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 official handle of CMO Maharashtra tweeted. 

Maharashtra has been working on plasma therapy as an option for treatment of COVID-19 patients since inception. However, with the launch of the Project Platina, it will be a formal trial cum treatment project across the state. 

The trial of the plasma therapy will be carried out in 17 medical colleges under Maharashtra Medical Education and Drug Department. 

Moreover, the trials will also be carried out in four medical colleges of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai, the CMO informed while adding that the treatment via plasma therapy will be free of cost. 

“All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The plasma of recovered COVID 19 patients contains antibodies thereby fighting infection and helping critically ill patients recover (sic),” the CMO said labelling this development as a milestone. 

Earlier on Sunday, Thackeray had stated that the plasma therapy has brought positive results in the state and urged those recovered from COVID-19 to come forward and donate their plasma. 

The Chief Minister also said that the state government was planning to give the COVID-19 drugs - Remdesivir and Favipirarvir - for free to people. Thackeray said that the central government has approved the use of these drugs for treatment. 

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