Jain’s health im­proves af­ter plasma ther­apy

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Anonna Dutt anonna.dutt@htlive.com

NEW DELHI: Delhi health min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain’s con­di­tion has im­proved af­ter re­ceiv­ing plasma ther­apy for the coro­n­avirus disease (Covid-19) on Fri­day night at Max hos­pi­tal, Sa`ket.

The min­is­ter’s fever has sub­sided and he is off oxy­gen sup­port, ac­cord­ing to hos­pi­tal sources. He is cur­rently sta­ble and is be­ing mon­i­tored by a team of crit­i­cal care spe­cial­ists in the hos­pi­tal’s in­ten­sive care unit, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Con­va­les­cent plasma ther­apy uses a com­po­nent of the blood called plasma, which is rich in virus-fight­ing an­ti­bod­ies, from some­one who has re­cov­ered from the in­fec­tion, to boost an in­fected per­son’s im­mu­nity.

Jain, 55, had tested positive for the in­fec­tion on Wed­nes­day, af­ter test­ing neg­a­tive a day be­fore that.

He had been ad­mit­ted to the Delhi-gov­ern­ment-run Ra­jiv Gandhi Su­per Spe­cial­ity Hos­pi­tal in Tahirpur on Mon­day night with a high-grade fever and low oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion.

At the hos­pi­tal, he had been on in­ter­mit­tent oxy­gen to man­age the symp­toms. He had de­vel­oped pneu­mo­nia, a known com­pli­ca­tion of Covid-19. The min­is­ter, who has no co­mor­bidi­ties, started get­ting breath­less and giddy on Fri­day morn­ing.

The in­fec­tion usu­ally causes se­vere symp­toms in older peo­ple and those with co­mor­bid con­di­tions such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion, kid­ney or heart disease. A CT scan on Fri­day af­ter­noon showed that the pneu­mo­nia patch in his lungs had in­creased. He was moved to the in­ten­sive care unit in the morn­ing.

As his symp­toms wors­ened, the min­is­ter was shifted to Max hos­pi­tal, Saket.

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