Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray launched ‘Project Platina’, said to be the world’s largest plasma therapy trial for COVID-19, on Monday.
CMO Maharashtra tweeted, “Launching ‘Project Platina’ – World’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial to treat COVID patients, CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray called donors of plasma ‘lifesavers’.”
The project is aimed at creating robust data for treating the disease for which no specific line of treatment exists.
Thackeray said: “Plasma therapy was first employed in April after which we got the permission from the Central Government and are successful in implementing it as well. This isn’t a new therapy; this method has been used for over 100 years.”
Further, he stated that 9 out of 10 patients survive COVID because they were provided with plasma at the right time.
CM’s son, minister Aaditya Thackeray, said in a tweet that the trial-treatment pf plasma therapy will be free of cost in 17 medical colleges across the state.
He added, “The entire funding to support this plasma therapy trial has been done through the CM Relief fund and we hope this will be a landmark trial in the global fight against the covid pandemic.”
According to reports, CM Thackeray allocated Rs 16.85 crore for the project through CM Cares Fund.
The announcement came hours after Delhi government announced creation of a plasma bank in two days to fight the disease in the national capital, which has reported more than 83,000 COVID-19 cases.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged those who recovered from the infection to donate plasma to help other patients. He also assured that the state government will arrange transport for them to come to the plasma bank.