Current Affairs – 30 June 2020

Maharashtra launches Project Platina, Worlds Largest Plasma Therapy Trial

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched the world’s largest plasma therapy trials for the COVID-19 “Project Platina”. The project is aimed at creating robust data for treating the disease for which no specific line of treatment exists.

Highlights:

  • The project will help the country’s worst-hit state create infrastructure for this line of treatment.
  • The project will be free of cost
  • Plasma therapy or Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) has been proved to be useful in fighting other coronavirus diseases, such as SARS and MERS.
  • Plasma therapy against COVID-19 has shown encouraging results on patients across the country and the world.
  • The plasma therapy trials will be conducted in 17 medical colleges across the Maharashtra state. It will account for 1.64 lakh coronavirus cases out of the national total of 5.48 lakh.
  • The entire funding to support this plasma therapy trial will be spent through the CM Relief fund.
  • So far, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) had first approved only 21 state-run hospitals to conduct plasma therapy.

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