Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar Thursday conducted the first-ever plasma therapy for COVID-19 persons.
It is a medical procedure being used to treat coronavirus across the world.
Dr Sajad Bhat, a 3rd year postgraduate resident of General Medicine, who recovered from the illness, was the first to donate plasma for this noble cause at SKIMS that was started in collaboration with the Blood Transfusion and Immuno-Hematology Department.
A spokesperson of SKIMS said it started Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) for critically-sick patients as one of the modalities of the supportive treatment of this deadly infection that had been approved by the Government of India as well as ICMR.
“The Ethics Committee of SKIMS has also approved the treatment. The J&K government has been apprised of the recent developments in Convalescent Plasma Therapy wherein three critically-sick patients received Plasma Therapy on compassionate grounds,” he said.
SKIMS said the treatment was being enhanced and manpower was being adjusted for this service, based on clinical judgment and status of patients in need of such treatment.
“This treatment in itself has some advantages, though very little disadvantages if any, but it has to be carried out meticulously,” the spokesperson said.
SKIMS is the only referral tertiary care centre for both COVID-19 as well as non-COVID pathologies that is at the forefront for the combat against coronavirus.
“In the fight against the virus, SKIMS has played a lead role and dedicated a separate Infectious Diseases Block exclusively for coronavirus patients. All doctors, staff nurses, paramedics and supportive services are doing their job in saving lives,” SKIMS said.
Director SKIMS, Dr A G Ahangar lauded the therapy team for their efforts and said the institute would touch new heights in medical research and interventional medicine.