Fawad Chaudhry takes DC Islamabad to process over plasma remedy claims

DC Islamabad’s declare on plasma donations was refuted by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on June 6, 2020. — AFP/Files

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday clarified that there was no substantial proof backing claims that coronavirus sufferers who had recovered might donate their plasma in 10 days intervals.

The minister responded to a tweet from the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat, which claimed: “If you have recovered from coronavirus you can donate your plasma at 10 day intervals.”

“Coronavirus patients are on ventilators. Their chances of recovery are improved by 80% with this [plasma] treatment,” the federal government official claimed.

The publish was later eliminated by the deputy commissioner. — Twitter

Taking Shafqaat to process, Chaudhry stated: “There is no such research to back your claim. [Government] officials must be very careful for making such observations.”

“In Ministry of Science and Technology we are keeping track of [international] and local research. [Such] claims are unsubstantiated,” he stated.

Earlier within the day, the pinnacle of the National Institute of Blood Disease & Bone Marrow Transplantation (NIBD & BMT) and hematologist, Dr Tahir Shamsi, stated that plasma remedy was displaying constructive outcomes.

At least “120 patients have been treated through passive immunisation and they have shown encouraging results,” he stated, whereas talking in Geo News’ programme “Geo Pakistan”.

“Through this treatment, we have saved 80 patients from being moved to ventilators […] They are now recovering,” he added.

Pakistan recorded 95,458 infections and 1,954 deaths, whereas greater than 32,581 have recovered from the virus. The nation has registered document instances for the reason that ease in lockdown restrictions, inviting criticism from the medical fraternity.