Of 20,242 recovered patients, only 42 have donated plasma as of Friday
KATHMANDU, Aug 29: More than 20 COVID-19 patients have been treated through convalescent plasma therapy in Nepal so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).
Dr Jageshwar Gautam, the spokesperson for the MoHP said that more than 20 COVID-19 patients in Nepal have received plasma therapy while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. However, only 42 of the total 20,242 COVID-19 patients recovered successfully in Nepal have donated plasma as of Friday afternoon.
Dr Gautam also urged recovered patients to contribute plasma which is essential for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
During the plasma therapy, plasma is taken out from a COVID-19 recovered patient after 14 days of his/her recovery. As people recovering from COVID-19 carry antibodies in their plasma to fight against the virus, plasma is injected into the body of the infected person with severe health complications. The antibodies help the infected person battle the disease.
According to the latest data maintained by the MoHP, 37 COVID-19 patients in Blood Bank at Grande Hospital, two each in Butwal and TU Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj and one other at BP Koirala Institute of Health Science in Dharan have denoted plasma.