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Doctors conduct ‘successful’ plasma therapy trial on Hyderabad coronavirus patient

A coronavirus patient at the city’s Civil Hospital has shown improvement after being given plasma therapy, a senior official at the health facility said on Tuesday.

The Sindh Health Department on Thursday had allowed three hospitals in the province — two in Karachi and one in Hyderabad — to start experimental use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma for the treatment of patients who are infected with the novel coronavirus and are showing moderate to severe symptoms.

Convalescent plasma is taken from the blood of patients who have already recovered from the disease; in this case, COVID-19. It is rich in antibodies and can help other patients recover faster if it is administered properly and in the right circumstances.

Dr Shahid Junejo, Medical Superintendent at the Civil Hospital, said that the patient on whom the therapy was trialed has shown improvement.

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