Statements by officials show that trials of blood plasma therapy for COVID-19 in few states of India had been started.
Dr Asha Kishore Director, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) informed that Indian council for medical research (ICMR) approved SCTIMST for carrying out the novel blood plasma therapy for COVID-19. Further stated that the institute is seeking permission from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for relaxation of the norms for blood donation.
According to The Hindu and India Today articles, since the Indian council for medical research (ICMR) approved the usage of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets to treat COVID-19, it is taken as a preventive measure by front-line healthcare workers and patients. A senior official from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed that there are adequate tablets and government made sufficient provision to ensure the availability of the tablet.
A private hospital in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 27 April 2020 had also started plasma therapy trials on three coronavirus patients who were in serious condition.
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