"The condition of the patient improved and her repeat tests following the 14-day period came out negative".
Eight critically ill Covid-19 patients have so far been given convalescent plasma therapy under the supervision of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) formed to tackle the coronavirus situation in the country.
Convalescent plasma therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from Covid-19.
People who survive an infectious disease like COVID-19 are left with blood containing antibodies, or proteins made by the body's immune system to fight off a virus.
According to authorities of Sassoon General Hospital, a 51-year-old man, who was the first patient to fully recover from coronavirus disease, donated the blood plasma. "I have recovered ... and fortunately did not have any major symptoms".
The patients are undergoing treatment at Mugda Medical College and Hospital, Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Central Police Hospital, Bangladesh Specialized Hospital, Square Hospitals Ltd, Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, and Impulse Hospital in the capital.
For decades, doctors have used plasma or even whole blood from recovered patients to treat the newly infected. They had been admitted to Naidu Hospital along with their daughter, and had subsequently recovered and been discharged. "A patient tested positive for COVID19 was given plasma for two continuous days on 10 and 11 May (200 ML)", Sasoon Hospital said.
"As of May 1, almost 13 per cent of plasma recipients had died, compared with more than 24 per cent of the control patients, with 72 per cent and 67 per cent, respectively, being discharged alive".
The DCGI had given the nod for the trial to see if this could be a potential treatment for the infection. But convalescent plasma therapy is still an experimental procedure for Covid-19 patients.
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