HYDERABAD: Liaquat University Hospital (LUH) has claimed here today that a lawyer, who was infected by Coronavirus and was in critical condition recovered after receiving plasma treatment for 12 days.
If LUH claim is right then this was the first such instance in the Province. The said patient tested -ve on Thursday (15th of May, 2020).
Hyderabad-based lawyer, who hailed from Sanghar, was admitted to the LUH along with his wife and son, both of whom had also tested positive for the mysterious respiratory ailment caused by Coronavirus.
He had been administered an experimental therapy involving injecting convalescent plasma for passive immunization here on 3rd of May, 2020.
It may be noted that on the doctors’ appeal a number of patients had donated plasma. The first patient (Yahya Jaffery) who recovered from Coronavirus in Pakistan had donated plasma for the possible treatment of COVID-19 patients. Yahya Jaffery and his parents disclosed this at a Presser at Children’s Hospital in the month of March.
CEO and haematologist Dr Saqib Ansari speaking on the occasion requested the government to permit the use of plasma for coronavirus treatment: “We need no funds, new machinery or workforce as Children’s Hospital Karachi is ready to offer its services free of cost,” he said.
On 30th of April, the Sindh government had allowed three hospitals (Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital in Karachi, the National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBD) in Karachi and LUH in Hyderabad) to carry out clinical trials for the experimental use of Covid-19 convalescent plasma for passive immunization.
The technique was supervised by hematologist Dr. Tahir Shamsi, apropos use of passive immunization therapies to treat Coronavirus patients. Dr. Shamsi explaining the modus operandi stated that blood plasma from a person, who had survived the Coronavirus, is extracted and injected into the blood of a patient suffering from the mysterious malady.
The technique, will also be presented to other provinces for approval before a detailed strategy regarding it can be implemented in hospitals all over Pakistan. Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had permitted clinical trials of plasma therapy for Coronavirus treatment. This was informed by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Dr. Zafar Mirza.
It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Tahir Shamsi had been advocating the method for quite sometime. According to him DRAP has also allowed the local production of raw material of cholorquine as part of efforts to cope with coronavirus challenge.
Moreover, clinical trials of locally manufactured ventilators has also been given green light. Then over 50 manufacturers have been allowed to produce sanitizers as per the specifications World Health Organization.
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