Aditya Thackeray took to twitter to announce Project PLATINA to fight Covid-19. The project is the world’s largest trial-cum-treatment for COVID-19 patients directly funded by CM’s relief fund.
Mumbai: In a view of the Coronavirus crisis, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday launched Project Platina – convalescent plasma therapy trial worth Rs. 16.65 crore.
According to the CMO, the project is the world’s largest trial-cum-treatment project of its kind, which will benefit 500 of critically ill Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra. The financial support to the project is being provided through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
The project Platina was launched by the Medical Education and Drugs department, and inaugurated by the CM Thackeray, in the presence of the Minister of Revenue-Balasaheb Thorat, Minister of Medical Education Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister of Public Health Rajesh Tope, Secretary Medical Education, Drugs and Cultural Affairs Dr Sanjay Mukherjee and Dr TP Lahane Director DMER and other dignitaries.
Aditya Thackeray, son of Maharashtra CM and the minister took to Twitter announcing that Maharashtra has been working on the plasma therapy ever since the Covid-19 fight started. He said that the trial treatment of the therapy will be free of cost in 17 medical colleges across the state. According to him, this step will not only give the world a large robust data for plasma therapy treatment but will also help to create an infrastructure for it across the state.
According to the CMO, all critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The plasma of the recovered Covid-19 patients contains antibodies that help in fighting the infection. This trial will help formulate definite treatment guidelines for the entire country in managing serious Covid-19 patients and thus a milestone in turning a page in the fight against Covid pandemic.
A collateral benefit will be that it will create an infrastructure of plasmapheresis in all medical colleges in all the districts of Maharashtra which will cater to collection of FFP, SDP in treatment of dengue, etc.