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No evidence to back plasma therapy as Covid-19 treatment: Health ministry

The Indian Council of Medical Research is conducting a national study to study the efficacy of this therapy

Medics work on samples collected from media professionals for COVID-19 tests, at a special testing centre set up by the Delhi government. Photo: PTI
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Medics work on samples collected from media professionals for COVID-19 tests, at a special testing centre set up by the Delhi government. Photo: PTI

Ruchika Chitravanshi New Delhi
With Covid-19 deaths nearing 1,000 and cases inching closer to the 30,000-mark, the health ministry on Tuesday issued a strict directive against using plasma therapy to treat coronavirus patients, saying it is still in the experimental stage.
 
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is conducting a nationwide study to measure the efficacy of this therapy. “There is no treatment for Covid-19 in India or anywhere else globally. The ICMR is using it only for research and trial purposes. There is no evidence to suggest it can be used as a treatment,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary at the health

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First Published: Apr 28 2020 | 6:23 PM IST

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