COVID-19: Centre says plasma therapy not proven, still in experimental stage

28 April, 2020 | newsx bureau

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ( MoHFW) spokesperson, Lav Agarwal told media that the plaza therapy, which is performed in several states to cure coronavirus patients, is not proven, sti...

The Centre on Tuesday said that plasma therapy is not a proven therapy for treatment of COVID-19 and is still in the experimental stage.

“There is no therapy in the world for COVID-19. Plasma therapy is not a proven therapy. It is still in the experimental stage and there is no evidence to use this as treatment. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is studying the efficacy of this therapy,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, here on Tuesday. Agarwal also cautioned about the use of this therapy.

“Until ICMR concludes its study and a robust scientific proof is available, Plasma therapy should be used only for research or trial purposes. There can even be life-threatening complications if plasma therapy is not used as per guidelines. Until and unless this is approved as a therapy for COVID-19, it is unjustified to spread any claim about the effectiveness of this therapy,” he said.

“We are doing better than other countries. We are taking pro-active measures to combat COVID-19. Our countrymen are supporting the administration in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.