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Doctor helps with clinical trial for cure

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A first-year post-graduate trainee at Medical College Hospital donated plasma on Friday, making him the 12th donor for the ongoing clinical trial in plasma therapy in Kolkata. Subho Roy was posted as a house staff in the hospital’s cardiothoracic department when he tested positive towards April-end.

“I am happy that I could do my bit by donating plasma,” said the young doctor who has now bagged a seat in the post-graduate trainee course in paediatrics in the same college.

Out of the 12 plasma donations so far, nine have been by healthcare workers who had been infected in the line of duty.

“We will be screening four policemen next week to check if they are eligible for the donation. This is apart from the cop from Bowbazar police station who donated plasma on Friday. It is encouraging to see a steady stream of potential donors coming in. We are hopeful of more cured patients coming and being volunteer plasma donors,” said the head of immunohaematology and blood transfusion department of MCH where the plasma is being collected.

The clinical trial on passive immunization with convalescent plasma is being carried out at ID Hospital. In a joint initiative of the Bengal government and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research — Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, 40 recipients are likely to get the therapy during trial. Unlike trials in other states, where the recipients are mildly infected, the trial in Kolkata is on patients who are severely infected.

Source:Times of India

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